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5-night Residential Retreat

7:00pm Saturday 5th November to
2:30pm Thursday 10th November 2016

Leader: Simon Child

Venue: Maenllwyd, Wales

Who am I? Thoroughly confronting this question can take us directly to the centre of our being. Over the course of this five-day retreat you will investigate the question "Who am I?" within a standard retreat framework, using silent meditation in conjunction with a unique method of verbal inquiry. This format allows you to use words to go beyond words and thereby enter the main gate of Chan.

The intensive nature of this process of inquiry drives each practitioner into a self-presentation that is difficult to experience in other ways. To guide and support you, personal interviews with the teachers are offered regularly throughout the retreat. With whole-hearted engagement this retreat may lead to the acceptance of self, the experience of "self at ease," and may even provide an opportunity for direct insight into the ground of being.

Open equally to beginners and established meditators.
email: secretary(at)westernchanfellowship.org
7-night Residential Retreat

7:00pm Saturday 1st October to
10:30am Saturday 8th October 2016

Leader: Fiona Nuttall

Venue: Maenllwyd, Wales

Silent Illumination is a profound meditation practice which leads to a mind of great calmness and insight, using ancient Chinese Zen methods which are just as applicable to the modern West. Silent Illumination is the origin of the Japanese Soto practice of Shikantaza but is approached somewhat differently and full instruction will be given.

This seven-night silent retreat is an opportunity to learn and deepen this practice through intensive meditation, with instruction and personal guidance by individual interviews with an experienced teacher. Whether or not a breakthrough to Enlightenment may occur, establishing a practice gives a firm basis for subsequent ongoing mindfulness and compassion in everyday life.

Previous experience of a residential retreat is recommended but serious beginners are also accepted.

email: secretary(at)westernchanfellowship.org

5-night Residential Retreat

7:00pm Saturday 3rd September to
10:30am Thursday 8th September 2016

Leader: Hilary Richards

Venue: Maenllwyd, Wales

This workshop retreat will encourage everyday awareness as a fundamental Chan life practice. We will offer individual and group work to develop mindfulness allowing time for exploration and understanding of individual experience through the lens of meditation. Rising early each day, the retreat will also include teaching, silence, interviews and periods for exercise.

Open equally to beginners and established meditators.

email: secretary(at)westernchanfellowship.org
9-night Residential Retreat

7:00pm Friday 5th August to
10:30am Sunday 14th August 2016

Leader: Simon Child

Venue: Maenllwyd, Wales

NOTICE: This retreat was scheduled to be held at Hourne Farm, but Hourne Farm have advised us of maintenance and administration problems and they have cancelled all bookings including ours. This retreat will now be held at Maenllwyd, Wales.

The ancient Chinese Zen practices of investigating Huatou and Gongan (Koan) are best practised in a supportive environment such as this intensive silent retreat. As one becomes deeply absorbed in the practice, mental constructions drop away and one is confronted by a realisation that one does not know the nature of existence and one's fundamental assumptions of life are groundless. Staying with and cultivating this 'doubt', it can become all-consuming 'Great doubt' which may 'shatter', giving a direct insight into reality which may be what is known as an Enlightenment experience.

To progress in these methods requires a sustained focus and so this retreat is recommended particularly for those with previous experience of intensive retreat, and prior attendance at a Western Zen Retreat is advisable, but serious beginners are also accepted.

email: secretary(at)westernchanfellowship.org
Date:
Wednesday, Aug 31, 2016 12:00 am ~ Friday, Sep 2, 2016 12:00 am
Dharma Drum Vancouver Center
8240 No.5 Road

Richmond, BC

Canada V6Y 2V4

Tel: 604-277-1357

Fax: 604-277-1352

Email: info@ddmba.ca

Online Registration
The 2016 DDVC Summer Meditation Camp is a camp that parents and their kids attend together. The camp was designed to blend meditation with interesting and relaxing activities, which allow kids and parents to experience Chan in daily life and nurture their wisdom. From these Chan activities, children will benefit from bonding with their parents, spiritual growth, learning to be appreciative, and developing their engagement with community. This camp will take place from August 27-28 at DDVC. Children from age 6-14 together with at least one of their parents are welcome to participate. Get more information about this camp, please visit our website: www.ddmba.ca.
To register:https://goo.gl/qLMma4
For Introduction of Summer Camp, Please Download Here.
Date:

Saturday, Aug 27, 2016 9:00 am ~ Sunday, Aug 28, 2016 7:30 pm
Online Registration
Dharma Drum Vancouver Center
8240 No.5 Road

Richmond, BC

Canada V6Y 2V4

Tel: 604-277-1357

Fax: 604-277-1352

Email: info@ddmba.ca
Registration Start Date: June 29, 2019

Registration Deadline: August 9, 2016

Date:

Friday, Aug 12, 2016 5:30 pm ~ Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 3:00 pm


Teacher:

Rebecca Li, Ph.D.

Download Application Form

Dharma Drum Vancouver Center
8240 No.5 Road

Richmond, BC

Canada V6Y 2V4

Tel: 604-277-1357

Fax: 604-277-1352

Email: info@ddmba.ca
During your daily life, how often do you really pay exclusive attention to what you are doing? The essence of Chan practice is to learn to live in the moment, without distractions. Please join us in a serene environment to learn ancient techniques which including walking, sitting and 8-form moving meditation as well as Chan yoga to relax your body, feel the rhythm of your breathing, let go of your wandering thoughts, and truly experience your life as it happens.

Place: The Old Barn Community Center (at UBC community)
6308 Thunderbird Blvd.
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
(604) 827-4469

Registration: Old Barn's reception desk or on-line:
https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/myunarecreation/Activity_Search/2167

Date:

Jul 20, 2016 (Wednesday) ,
Jul 27, 2016 (Wednesday) ,
Aug 3, 2016 (Wednesday) ,
Aug 10, 2016 (Wednesday) ,
Aug 17, 2016 (Wednesday)

Time: 6:00 pm ~ 7:30 pm


Teacher:

Venerable Chang Wu, Abbess of the Dharma Drum Vancouver Center
Registration Deadline: July 25, 2016 or Fully Booked

Date:

Jul 29, 2016 (Friday) ,
Jul 30, 2016 (Saturday) ,
Jul 31, 2016 (Sunday)

Time: 9:00 am ~ 9:00 pm

Download Application Form

Dharma Drum Vancouver Center
8240 No.5 Road

Richmond, BC

Canada V6Y 2V4

Tel: 604-277-1357

Fax: 604-277-1352

Email: info@ddmba.ca
1-Day Chan Retreat
Saturday Jul 30, 2016 Fee: Free (Donation is welcome)
9:00 am ~ 5:00 pm, Led by Harry Miller
An opportunity for serious practitioners to sustain practice and receive guidance from meditation teachers. This retreat is open to people who have taken Beginners’ Meditation Class or already have an established meditation practice.

Venue: Chan Meditation Center

Please call CMC at 718-592-6593 or CLICK HERE to register online.
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