“A disciple of the Buddha does not lie, but nurtures the truth.” –Fourth Buddhist Precept
We’ll sit and walk, we’ll write and talk, and we’ll consider the connection between imagination and the truth. If you make something up are you lying? Can you be creative with facts? Is there such a thing as “what really happened” We’ll look at some stories from the Buddhist tradition, we’ll tell some stories of our own, and we’ll explore what it means to express our own true selves. We’ll look for the truth beneath the truth, and we’ll celebrate the authenticity of our hearts. Our practice can help us to find and express our most authentic selves. We’ll laugh together, tell some lies and imagine our way to the truth. Bring pen, notebook, lunch, and a playful mind.
“Listening and speaking from the heart—this is the precept of NonLying.” –Zen Peacemaker Order
The fee is on a sliding scale of $20 to $60, according to ability. A few days prior to the retreat the minimum fee increases to $25.
- Until Tuesday Dec. 6: $20 to $60
- After December 6 : $25 to $60
Scholarships are available upon request. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact Cynthia, the registrar, at email@example.com in advance to arrange for financial assistance or to register with her directly.
If you wish to pay at the door or via check to the registrar, those options are available to you on the payment information page after you click the green "Register" button, enter the desired money amount and click the green "Checkout" button.
Details to Consider
Please try to arrive by 8:45 am to register and settle in. Bring a mug, bag lunch and your personal cushion if you have one. Chairs and cushions will be available at the retreat, as well as tea and hot water.
- In the spirit of doing no harm, we ask that you refrain from using scented products that may affect others. The Dharma Center is wheelchair accessible.
- SBMG hosts teachers from all Buddhist traditions at weekly meetings and monthly daylong retreats. All have been welcome since 1991. SBMG is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
- Please contact registrar Cynthia at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Susan Moon is a writer, editor, and lay teacher in the Soto Zen tradition. She is the author of a number of books about Buddhism, including the humor book The Life and Letters of Tofu Roshi and This Is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity. For many years she was the editor of Turning Wheel, the journal of socially engaged Buddhism. Her short stories and essays have been published widely.
"Dana" is the Pali word for generosity and is the first paramita in Buddhism. You will be invited to give an additional teacher donation on the day of the retreat to thank and honor the teacher yourself as these teachings are priceless and freely given by the teacher (meaning they don't charge a specific fee).
The registration fee contributes to the rent, administrative costs, teacher travel, and material expenses for both this retreat as well as SBMG's ongoing Sunday Night programs.