The annual winter retreat begins on January 4, 2016 and lasts for three months, ending on April 1st. During this time, the resident community takes time to engage in more formal meditation practice following a changing schedule of group or individual practice.
During these three months there will be no overnight guests accepted. (For overnight visits after the retreat please contact the monastery after April 1, 2016.) However, day visitors and those wishing to visit the monastery to participate in the meal offering or bring offerings of requisites at meal time are still welcome. It should be noted, however, that the community is practicing noble silence, and talking and conversations with the monastics and retreat crew are very limited.
We will continue to have the Saturday night meditation and Dhamma talk (7:30 pm each Saturday) and the weekly lunar day observances, as on the website calendar.
For those interested in listening to or downloading Dhamma talks from the monastery website, we plan on posting new talks regularly throughout the retreat.