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Relaxation Retreat

Led by Abbot Guo Yuan

Intermediate

$600

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Begins: Friday October 25, 2019
Check-in: 4:00 - 6:00 PM - late arrival not allowed
End Date: Sunday November 3, 2019
End Time: 1:30 PM
Deadline: no applications accepted after October 22


This is a nine-day intermediate retreat. To be accepted on this retreat, the applicant is expected to have:

  • already received basic meditation instruction
  • established a daily personal practice
  • previously attended at least one of our foundation retreats

An intermediate retreat is designed for people newer to the practice. Sitting periods are generally twenty to thirty minutes. Wake-up time is not as early as on an advanced retreat.

The meditation 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. The retreat also includes daily lectures, meditation instruction, guided meditation, and personal interviews.

NOTE: Talks will be given in both Chinese and English.




Abbot Guo Yuan

Guo Yuan Fashi is a Buddhist monk trained in Chan Buddhism. In 1985 he first encountered Master Sheng Yen’s teachings while attending a seven-day retreat in New York. He then decided to become a disciple before finally leaving his job in Toronto, Canada, to become a monk in the Chan tradition. He was ordained in 1987 in Taiwan. For over twenty years, he accompanied and became translator to Master Sheng Yen in various Chan meditation retreats in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, and Mexico.

He studied Theravada Buddhism for a year in Thailand in 1991. Upon returning from Thailand, Guo Yuan Fashi was elected abbot of both the Chan Meditation Center (CMC) in Queens and the Dharma Drum Retreat Center (DDRC) in Pine Bush, New York. His responsibilities included attending interfaith services, teaching meditation, and giving lectures on Buddhism. In 2006 he became the director of the International Chan Retreat Center in Dharma Drum Mountain, Taiwan. In 2016 he returned to Pine Bush to become once again the abbot of DDRC. Fluent in Mandarin, Vietnamese, and English, he leads Chan retreat in many countries around the world.