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Weekend Intensive Retreat (February 23-25, 2018)

Weekend Intensive Retreat

February 23-25, 2018

Led by Chang Xing Fashi & Yan Ben Fashi

 

Begins: Friday, February 23 – check in 4:00-6:00 pm
Ends: Sunday, February 25 –  4:00 pm
Fee: $220
Openings: CLOSED
Deadline: February 20

 

Our intensive retreats follow the traditional Chan monastery schedule, starting early in the morning and making the most efficient use of time in concentrated group practice. There are numerous forty-minute sitting periods throughout the day.

Participants should be mentally and physically prepared for the rigors of such a regimen. Therefore, we carefully screen each applicant to ensure sufficient experience for acceptance on an intensive retreat.

In addition to sitting meditation, the retreat also includes mindful work practice, walking meditation, chanting, and gentle yoga exercises. Interviews with the teacher are available for direct guidance regarding the method of practice, and daily Dharma talks elucidate the details of investigating one’s mind.

This weekend intensive is an opportunity to strengthen your practice by sitting together with other experienced practitioners. It is also excellent preparation for our longer intensive retreats.


Requirements for Intensive Retreat

To be accepted on an intensive retreat, the applicant should have:

  • already received basic meditation instruction
  • established a daily personal practice
  • previously attended at least one non-intensive three-day retreat (e.g. Beginner’s Mind Retreat, Foundation Retreat)

 


Chang Xing Fashi

In 2009, Chang Xing Fashi was ordained as a Buddhist monk. He studied in Dharma Drum Sangha University in Taiwan, where he majored in Chinese Chan Buddhism, graduating in 2015. In 2017, he moved to Dharma Drum Retreat Center to share meditation in North America.

 

Yan Ben Fashi

Before his ordination in 2014, Yan Ben Fashi had been volunteering at Dharma Drum Mountain in Taiwan for over ten years. During this time, he obtained his PhD in Sociology from the University of Manchester, UK. The topic of his doctoral dissertation was Chinese Buddhist Moral Practices in Everyday Life: Dharma Drum Mountain, Volunteering and the Self. In 2016 Yan Ben Fashi came to the United States from Taiwan to become a resident teacher at Dharma Drum Retreat Center.