SCHEDULE

EVERY WEEK

Join us for weekly Meditation and Yoga at the Summer House.

MEDITATION

MONDAY 8pm
Join Buddhist Insights monks and nuns for a period of meditation, followed by practice discussion.
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YOGA

WEDNESDAY 8pm
Join commUNITYmovement for Yoga. All levels of practitioners are welcome. Mats and blocks will be provided.
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THIS WINTER

All our events are offered freely to the public. Donations are welcome to sustain the program.

JANUARY

RETREAT

INTERNAL BALANCE WITH BHANTE SUDDHASO

Weekend: Jan 5th-7th
Equanimity is a perfectly balanced state of mind which no experience of pleasure or pain can disturb. Cultivation of this mindstate is a critical element of Buddhist practice – so during this weekend Bhante Suddhāso will explain the relationship between equanimity and awakening, and provide practical guidance on incorporating it into our practice.
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EVENT

A DAY OF KINDFULNESS

Saturday Jan 13th, 10am
Come spend a day of kindfulness at the Rockaway Summer House. During this day we’ll be practicing metta meditation while learning how to prepare delicious and nourishing vegan food with Giovanna from Buddhist Insights.
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DAY-LONG RETREAT

NEVER MIND Day 1 with David Listen

Sunday Jan 14th
A 1-day Intensive Chan Meditation Retreat focusing on the Teachings from the Platform Sutra of Master Hui Neng. On this retreat you will learn how to find peace and clarity of mind, through the use of Chan Buddhist meditation methods on and off the cushion–in stillness and movement.
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DAY-LONG RETREAT

NEVER MIND Day 2 with David Listen

Monday Jan 15th
Another Intensive Chan Meditation with David Listen.
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RETREAT

Understanding Karma with Lama Zopa Tarchin

Weekend: Jan 19th-21st
Karma – the process of action, cause, and result – is the central subject of the Buddha’s teachings. Karma is a deep and complex subject with wide-ranging implications permeating every aspect of our quest for awakening – which is why it’s important to develop a clear and precise understanding of its nature.
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RETREAT

Stages of Progress with Bhante Nalaka

Weekend: Jan 26th-28th
The Rathavinīta Sutta provides an outline of how we can progressively use increasingly refined mental qualities to progress towards complete awakening. During this weekend, Bhante Nalaka will be explaining in detail how to use the contents of this sutta to map out the path of practice.
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FEBRUARY

RETREAT

The Ten Fetters with Ven. Pamutto

Weekend: Feb 2nd-4th
Our basic condition is like a blindfolded person being tugged around by a leash. The Buddha’s teachings give us the tools necessary to remove the blindfold and sever that leash, so that we may finally experience wisdom and peace. Ven. Pamutto will spend the weekend leading us in meditation practices and Sutta study sessions that will help us make progress towards this lofty goal..
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WORKSHOP

THE WAY OF TEA

Tuesday Feb 6th, 7pm
Join Casey to experience the Way of Tea Ceremony.
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DAY-LONG RETREAT

INSIDE AND OUT With Ven. Pamutto

Saturday Feb 10th
We think we know what our body is – but do we really? Ven. Pamutto, a wandering monk, will lead us in an investigation of the true nature of the body, using meditation techniques drawn from the Mahāsatipaṭṭhāna sutta: mindfulness of body components and contemplation of the four elements.
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DAY-LONG RETREAT

STILLNESS & MOTION With Ven. Pamutto

Sunday Feb 11th
Buddhism encourages us to be fully aware at all times, in every activity – not just during meditation. So on this day we’ll be practicing mindfulness in both stillness and motion, with Buddhist meditation led by Ven. Pamutto interspersed with periods of yoga.
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RETREAT

STILL NEVERMINDING With David Listen

Weekend: Feb 16th-18th
A 3-day Intensive Chan Meditation Retreat. On this intensive retreat, free from the distractions of daily life, you will come directly face-to-face with your “self.” With the support of the strict regulations and sustained practice, you’ll become confronted with your own habits and preferences, and realize that they are the sources of your suffering. If you stick to the methods and concepts of the practice, you’ll have the chance to experience freedom and ease of body and mind, by letting go of these burdens and relaxing into the present moment of “Never-mind”.
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RETREAT

TRUSTING THE MIND with Rev. Phoebe

Weekend: Feb 23rd-25th
“The Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences.” So begins the Hsin-Hsin Ming, a Dharma poem attributed to the sixth century Chan master Chien-Chih Seng-Tsan. This short 2-page teaching is revered as one of the most direct and lucid explanations of Chan practice, and will serve as the basis for Rev. Phoebe’s instructions over the course of the retreat.
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MARCH

RETREAT

VASTNESS OF MIND with Khenmo Drolma

10-Day: Mar 9th-18th
Deep practice is the wellspring of peace, and the basis of peace is wisdom. In this retreat, we will be practicing shamatha/vipassana meditation as well as studying and reciting the Heart Sutra. The Heart Sutra lays out the ground, path, and fruition of Mahayana Buddhist philosophy; with this sutra as the basis, we will explore the vastness of our minds – the peaceful, compassionate spaciousness that is our true nature.
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RETREAT

Awakening Creativity with Sister Ocean

Weekend: Mar 23rd-25th
Calling all meditators who want to write and writers who want to meditate – you don’t have to choose! This experiential weekend retreat will explore how the creative process can awaken a heartfelt experience of the Dharma and how the Dharma can awaken the creative process. The practices will be grounded in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.
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