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January 2024

1/27

Led by David Listen

This class is designed for newcomers to meditation interested in an online retreat. You’ll learn basics of meditation and how to choose the environment, time, and settings to best suit your practice.
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February 2024

2/10

Led by Nancy Bonardi

This class is designed for newcomers to meditation interested in an online retreat. You’ll learn basics of meditation and how to choose the environment, time…
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2/16 - 2/19

Led by Abbot Guo Yuan, Ven. Chang Ji & David Listen

Through daily Dharma talks, meditation, Arts in Chan sessions and group discussions, we will discover the benefits of Chan practice and how to incorporate it into our lives.
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March 2024

3/1 - 3/3

Led by Chang Yao Fashi

This in-person weekend offers a review of basic meditation methods (such as awareness of the breath), introductory guidance in the method of Silent Illumination, and brief Dharma talks.

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3/9

Led by Chang Yao Fashi

Give yourself a day to still the mind through meditation. This silent retreat is non-intensive: the simple and relaxed schedule allows you to settle your mind and maintain a constant awareness of your every activity.

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3/22 - 3/24

In this vegetarian cooking workshop you will learn the principles of maintaining a healthy mind and body. You will learn techniques for creating delicious dishes using vegetables and seasonings that you can find at your local grocery store.
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3/29 - 4/6

Led by Abbot Guo Yuan

For this advanced intensive retreat, participants will delve into the Huatou method. The program includes Dharma talks and personal interviews, and the integration of Huatou into both intensive retreat as well as in daily life.

April 2024

4/19 - 4/21

Closed

Led by Rebecca Li

This in-person weekend retreat has a simple schedule that allows you to settle your mind while at the same time allowing you to maintain a constant awareness of your every activity.

4/27

Led by Nancy Bonardi

Come practice together online. Deepen your method, strengthen your determination on the path and your commitment to developing wisdom and compassion as we explore self-mastery through Chan meditation.
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May 2024

5/3 - 5/11

Closed

Led by Gilbert Gutierrez​

This retreat will cover how to apply classical Right view to all major Chan methods of meditation to make them more effective. The ancient Chan Masters have stated that for one to practice Chan they must have a “true and proper understanding.”

5/25 - 6/1

Closed

Led by Rebecca Li

This 7-day retreat provides time for dedicated practitioners to learn and cultivate the Chan method of Silent Illumination. With focused practice you may encounter an opening that allows you to come to rest in a lucid spaciousness and clear Dharma insight

June 2024

6/8 - 6/9

Opens Soon

Enjoy time together with fellow practitioners and family members, in the beautiful environment of DDRC. Learn how to relax your mind while exercising your body using methods of Chan meditation through gardening.

6/14 - 6/16

Waitlist Only

Led by David Listen

This in-person weekend retreat has a simple and relaxed schedule that allows you to settle your mind while at the same time allowing you to maintain a constant awareness of your every activity.
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6/19 - 6/25

Waitlist Only

Led by Resident Monastics

We are excited to once again offer the “Life in the Retreat Center” project, designed to provide individuals in early adulthood (ages 18-35) with a cost-free opportunity to immerse themselves in the different facets of monastic life.

6/28 - 7/6

Waitlist Only

Led by Zarko Andricevic

Facilitated with warmth, humor and ease, Zarko Andricevic will be present the method of Silent Illumination of the Caodong sect through Chan practice instruction, Dharma talks, and individual interviews adapted to modern practitioners.

July 2024

7/20 - 7/21

Led by David Listen

Give yourself a day to still the mind through meditation. This silent retreat is non-intensive: the simple and relaxed schedule allows you to settle your mind and maintain a constant awareness of your every activity.

August 2024

8/16 - 8/18

Led by Yan Xi Fashi

This in-person weekend retreat has a simple schedule that allows you to settle your mind while at the same time allowing you to maintain a constant awareness of your every activity.

8/23 - 8/25

Almost Full

Led by Rebecca Li

A “beginner’s mind” is open to experiencing life in the present moment, free from preconceived notions and open to genuine understanding. If you are new to meditation practice this is an ideal way to begin your spiritual journey.

8/30 - 9/1

Led by Abbot Guo Yuan

In this Huatou workshop, you will gain a deep understanding of the method through engaging discussions and teachings. You’ll discover how to apply this approach both in the classroom and in your everyday experiences.

September 2024

9/6 - 9/14

Led by Abbot Guo Yuan

The silent illumination method will be taught in the context of daily life activities, such as sitting, standing, walking, sleeping, working, and eating. Chanting and gentle yoga exercises further harmonize the body, breath, and mind.

9/21 - 9/22

Opens 6/18

Led by David Listen

Give yourself a day to still the mind through meditation. This silent retreat is non-intensive: the simple and relaxed schedule allows you to settle your mind and maintain a constant awareness of your every activity.

9/27 - 9/29

Opens 6/25

Led by Yan Xi Fashi

In our weekend meditation class, you will learn the fundamentals of sitting meditation, including: proper postures, basic methods of concentration, and important concepts related to the process of meditation.

October 2024

10/4 - 10/9

Opens 7/1

Led by Rebecca Li

Over the course of this five-day retreat you will investigate the question “Who am I?” within a standard retreat framework, using silent sitting meditation in conjunction with the communication exercise, a unique method of verbal inquiry.

10/18 - 10/26

Opens 7/16

Led by David Listen

This is a full seven-day foundation meditation, designed for people newer to practice and experienced practitioners alike. The retreat schedule is tailored to the development of concentration and ease—not too tight, not too loose.

November 2024

11/2

Opens 8/2

Led by Yan Xi Fashi

During a one-day retreat, which is conducted in silence, you have the opportunity to escape daily stress, refresh your mental and physical state, and nurture your meditation practice.

11/8 - 11/10

Opens 8/8

Led by Yan Xi Fashi

This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to experience the of practice meditation and it is also a fantastic way to treat yourself. Give your “self” a weekend of meditation, experiencing and enjoying the benefits of Chan practice.

11/15 - 11/17

Opens 8/15

Led by Chang Yao Fashi

In our weekend meditation class, you will learn the fundamentals of sitting meditation, including: proper postures, basic methods of concentration, and important concepts related to the process of meditation.

11/29 - 12/7

Opens 8/29

Led by Abbot Guo Yuan​

In this Huatou retreat the method will be taught in the context of daily life activities to investigate the Huatou anytime anywhere whether you are sitting, standing, walking, sleeping, working, and eating.

December 2024

12/26 - 1/4

Opens 9/26

Led by Abbot Guo Yuan

The annual Winter Retreat, also known as the Snow Retreat, is designed to provide an intensive meditation practice experience.

January 2025

1/5 - 1/19

Opens 9/26

Led by Abbot Guo Yuan

The annual Winter Retreat, also known as the Snow Retreat, is designed to provide an intensive meditation practice experience.
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