Led by David Listen
|Begins:||Saturday October 2, 2021|
|End Time:||5:00 PM|
apply by 3:00 pm Wednesday Sept 29
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will only accept people who can show proof of being fully vaccinated no later than September 18, 2021. During the retreat we will require masks and social distancing. We also require all guests to have a COVID PCR test with a negative result, within 72 hours before arriving at our center. Space is limited, so please apply early.
Give yourself one day for meditation — a day to still the mind.
This silent retreat is non-intensive; the simple and relaxed schedule allows you to settle your mind while at the same time allowing you to maintain a constant awareness of your every activity.
Sitting periods are thirty minutes. In between sittings you are guided in gentle yoga and walking meditation.
The retreat also offers a review of basic meditation methods such as breath awareness, as well as brief Dharma talks.
Most people find that attending these one-day retreats regularly can help renew the strength of their daily practice.
This event is priced on a sliding scale. Please consider paying at the highest rate that you can afford. Your generosity supports Dharma Drum Mountain, staff, your fellow practitioners and our continuous efforts to help people to learn and grow.
When you submit your application, select one of the sliding scale rates below. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Any amount paid above the Base rate is a tax deductible donation to DDRC. Your confirmation email is your tax receipt.
If you are coming via public transportation, it may be difficult to find a train or bus that will get you here in time for the 8:45 am check-in time. That being the case, you are welcome to come the night before and stay over in our dormitory, PROVIDED YOU CAN ARRIVE NO LATER THAN 8:30 pm. (If you must arrive later than that, there are motels and hotels in the area where you might stay.)
Overnight stay costs an additional $25 per night, and includes breakfast (and dinner if applicable).
Because we have limited laundry facility, we ask that you bring your own sleeping bag and a fitted sheet to protect our mattress covers.
David Listen has been sharing Chan/Zen meditation and Buddhist teachings for over 15 years, leading intensive meditation retreats, classes, and activities at various monasteries, college campuses, and private institutions throughout North America, Europe, and East Asia. Previously known as Venerable Chang Wen （常聞法師）, he was one of the few Western monastic disciples of Chan Master Sheng Yen. He had been a monk for over a decade, and has since returned to lay life to share the insights of the Buddha in his own creative way. David is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and has done extensive work translating the teachings of Chinese Buddhism into English, both on retreat and in published works. He holds a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies, a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling, and is currently a counselor at a clinic for people suffering from severe mental illness. He also has his own life mentoring/coaching practice, guiding people in their cultivation of wisdom and compassion on an individual basis.