Retreat Guidelines & Schedule

HOW TO GET HERE

The Rockaway Summer House is located at 504 Beach 68th Street, 11692 Arverne. The entrance of the center is on Thursby Avenue.

  • Take the A train towards Far Rockaway (don’t take the Lefferts Blvd train) to Beach 67th Street station.
  • The center is located two blocks from the subway station.

ARRIVAL AND ACCOMMODATION

  • Please arrive no later than 8 pm on Friday. Check-in between 8 pm and 8.30pm. If you arrive late, you may be asked to cancel your stay.
  • Attendance is required for the entire retreat and every scheduled event. This applies to both sleepover and commuter attendees.
  • Participation in Buddhist Insights events is at the discretion of BI’s teachers and managers. If in Buddhist Insight’s opinion, it is not appropriate for you to continue to participate, you may be asked to leave at any time.
  • All communication devices (phones, laptops) need to be shut off during the entire retreat.
  • Before leaving, please clean up your room and leave all facilities as you found them. Any items left behind and not picked up within one week will be donated to people in need.

FOOD

  • Do not take any food from the kitchen, except for the food served at mealtimes that are offered to you.
  • Be content with the food you’re offered: do not purchase food/beverages outside the center.
  • Allow monastics to serve themselves first at mealtimes.
  • We provide organic vegetarian food, ethically sourced from small local farms. We cannot cater to dietary preferences. If you would like to donate organic and ethical food to the center, please contact us.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Please pack very lightly. Ideally, all your belongings should fit in a small bag or a carry-on suitcase.
  • Bring a towel and toiletries you expect to use (toothbrush, toothpaste, conditioner, etc.).

DANA

This retreat is offered to you as a gift by previous attendees at Buddhist Insights events. We are a grassroots organization that runs entirely on donations and is supported by individuals like you.

When donating, please do not think of it as a payment for your participation, but as a gift to others who wish to participate in the future. Your generosity will provide the gift of meditation teachings and practice for all people regardless of their economic circumstances. As a 501c-3 non-profit organization, all donations are tax deductible. You can donate on-site via check or cash, and electronically via Venmo (@buddhistinsights), Paypal and Donor Box.

RULES AND GUIDELINES WHILE ON RETREAT

  • Do not intentionally harm any living being (including insects). Do not steal. Do not engage in any sexual activity. Do not lie, gossip, slander, or use harsh speech. Do not use any intoxicants (If you currently take any medications please let us know ahead of time). Do not use any fragrances (perfume, cologne, etc.). Do not use cell phones, wi-fi, internet, or any other electronic communication during the retreat.
  • You will be asked to do a small amount of work (about 1 hour) every day. Please do your task thoroughly, diligently, and completely, as it is vital for the maintenance of the center.
  • Please move as quietly as possible through the house, and minimize the amount of noise you make.
  • If you have any questions or concerns during the retreat, please speak to the Retreat Manager.
  • During silent retreats, please avoid all unnecessary speech. If there is something you must say to someone else, please communicate either in writing or in a whisper.

SCHEDULE

Every retreat has a customized schedule for each teacher and monastic and sometimes evolves as the retreat progresses to adapt to the attendees. What doesn’t change are the start and end times. Below is a sample of the standard schedule.

FRIDAY

8:00pm – Registration
9:00pm – Orientation / Opening Talk
9:30pm – Meditation
10:00pm – Bedtime

SATURDAY

6:00am – Wake-Up Bell
6:30am – Meditation
7:15am – Personal Time / Set Up Breakfast
7:30am – Breakfast
8:15am – Personal Time / Clean Up Breakfast
9:00am – Dharma / Meditation
10:00am – Work Period
11:00am – Lunch
12:00pm – Personal Time / Clean Up Lunch
1:30pm – Dharma Talk / Meditation
5:30pm – Break
6:30pm – Q&A / Meditation
9:30pm – Bedtime

SUNDAY

6:00am – Wake-Up Bell
6:30am – Meditation
7:15am – Personal Time / Set Up Breakfast
7:30am – Breakfast
8:15am – Personal Time / Clean Up Breakfast
9:00am – Dharma / Meditation
10:00am – Work Period
11:00am – Lunch
12:00pm – Personal Time / Clean Up Lunch
1:30pm – Dharma Talk / Meditation
4:00pm – End of Retreat