Winter Amitabha Retreat 2014

December 20, 2014 to December 28, 2014

“In cultivation, investigating Chan [Zen] is just mindfulness of the Buddha, and mindfulness of the Buddha is investigating Chan.”
— Venerable Master Hsuan Hua, Listen to Yourself, Think Everything Over [Amitabha Recitation Edition]

Reciting the name of Amitabha Buddha is a meditative technique of the Pure Land tradition. Chan (Zen) meditation masters have long advocated the Pure Land as an essential & complementary practice to Chan meditation.

The simplicity and accessibility of this technique belies its profound effectiveness, which is why the Pure Land practice is the most widely practiced form of meditation in Asia.

During this retreat, we will investigate the Sutra on the Buddha of Infinite Life (also known as the The Larger Amitabha Sutra) in the evenings. The Sutra traces the life of Amitabha Buddha and is a crucial text in understanding the practice.

Come join us this winter and experience how mindfulness of Amitabha Buddha may focus and brighten your mind.


1st Day [Saturday, December 20, 2014]

PM

5:15 – 5:45 Dinner [Small Dining Hall]

Before 6:00 Check-in at Admin Office
7:30 - 9:00 Welcome & Orientation [DRBU Conference Room]
9:00 - 9:30 Purifying Boundaries [Buddha Hall]
 

2nd Day [Sunday, December 21, 2014]
AM
4:00 – 5:00 Morning Recitation [Optional]
5:00 – 6:00 Universal Bowing [Optional]
6:15 – 6:45 Breakfast (Small Dining Hall)
7:00 - 8:00 Stretches & Meditation with Instructions
8:15 - 10:00 Morning Class
10:10 - 11:00 Meal Offering & Transference
11:00 - 11:50 Noon Meal

PM
12:15 - 1:00 Viewing the Relics of the Buddha & Founder
1:00 - 5:00 Afternoon Class
5:15 – 5:45 Dinner (Small Dining Hall)
6:30 - 7:30 Evening Recitation
7:30 - 9:00 Evening Class
9:00 - 9:40 Great Transference

3rd - 7th Day [Monday, December 22 - Saturday, December 27]
AM
4:00 – 5:00 Morning Ceremonies
5:00 – 6:00 Universal Bowing
6:15 – 6:45 Breakfast
7:15 – 8:00 Amitabha Sutra / Walking Recitation
8:00 – 8:30 Seated Recitation
8:30 – 9:00 Silent Recitation
9:00 – 9:30 Walking Recitation
9:30 – 10:00 Seated Recitation
10:20 – 11:00 Meal Offering
11:00 – 11:50 Lunch

PM
12:45 – 1:30 Amitabha Sutra / Walking Recitation
1:30 – 2:00 Seated Recitation
2:00 – 2:30 Silent Recitation
2:30 – 3:00 Walking Recitation
3:00 – 3:30 Seated Recitation
3:30 – 4:30 Silent Recitation
4:30 – 5:00 Transference ceremony
5:15 – 5:45 Dinner
6:30 – 7:30 Evening chanting
7:30 – 9:00 Evening Lectures
9:00 – 9:30 Transfer of merit ceremony

8th Day [Sunday]
AM
4:00 – 5:00 Morning Recitation [Optional]
5:00 – 6:00 Universal Bowing [Optional]
6:15 – 6:45 Breakfast
7:00 - 8:00 Stretches & Meditation
8:00 - 9:00 Wrap Up, Reflections & Evaluations
9:00 - 10:20 Clean Up
Lunch [optional]


Participants of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply!

Location: The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas

Please contact events@drbu.org if you have any questions.