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10-Day Intensive Retreat: A Complete Practice with David Listen

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Rockaway Summer House

504 Beach 68th Street

Rockaway Beach, NY 11692

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AN INTENSIVE 10-DAY MEDITATION RETREAT.

Explore your mind through intensive meditation practice, based on teachings from the Sutra of Complete Enlightenment and methods of Chan Buddhist meditation.

On this intensive retreat—free from the distractions of daily life—you’ll learn and practice methods to develop mental calm and clarity. With the support of the retreat environment and sustained mindful practice, you’ll have a chance to taste freedom from the limiting views, emotional attachments, and behaviors that all too often burden your mind. Here, you can learn to let go of these burdens and relax into the present moment’s natural, wakeful state.

To facilitate your exploration, David will give instructions based on the principles of the Sutra of Complete Enlightenment, an influential text of Mahayana Buddhism. Especially prominent in the Chan teachings, "the finger pointing to the moon" and many other well-known analogies come from this discourse of the Buddha. By elaborating on key points of this text, David will guide you in the use of meditation and daily mindfulness methods.

This retreat is intensive--there are strict guidelines of noble silence (no talking), no cell phone use, and no leaving the retreat center grounds. It is recommended that participants have prior experience in meditation (e.g. having taken a class or meditate at home).

ABOUT THE TEACHER:

David Listen has been teaching Chan (Zen) meditation for over 10 years, leading numerous intensive meditation retreats, classes, and activities at various meditation centers, as well as teaching at many college campuses and private institutions throughout the U.S., Europe, and East Asia. Previously known as Venerable Chang Wen, he was one of the few western monastic disciples of Chan Master Sheng Yen. He had been a monk for over a decade, and has since returned to lay life to share Buddhism in his own creative way. David holds a BS in Environmental Studies, and is currently getting his MSEd in Mental Health Counseling. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and is working on translating Chan texts to English. He nowadays does life mentoring/coaching, continuing to guide people in their Chan Buddhist life practice on an individual and group basis.





This retreat is a silent retreat.

Advance registration is required for all participants. Attendance is required for the duration of the entire retreat.

Registration to this retreat (or Eventbrite Ticket) does not reserve you a spot.

A confirmation email will be sent to participants who have signed-up and completed all registration steps below, once their application has been approved by management. All others are to be considered on a waiting list. If you register to stay overnight and decide not to attend, please inform us as soon as possible, so another person on the waiting list may come in your place.




HOW TO REGISTER:


1. SIGN-UP FOR YOUR PREFERRED EVENTBRITE TICKET

2. FILL-IN THE RETREAT FORM

3. WAIT FOR CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM MANAGEMENT

4. BEFORE THE RETREAT YOU WILL RECEIVE SCHEDULE AND WHAT TO BRING

There is no price tag to participate in this retreat, because it is offered on a Dana (generosity) basis: please donate what you can and what you wish in order to make the program available to other people. Please note that if you register and do not attend without giving us sufficient notice, you may be blacklisted from future events.





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