Thursday, October 5, 2017

Eight Precepts Retreat: Hsi Lai Temple, L.A., Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai ("Going West") Temple, Rowland Heights, San Gabriel Valley, LA (; CC Liu, Crystal Quintero, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Eight Precepts Retreat 2017
Want to experience peace and tranquility? Want to experience monastic life for a day and a night? During the Eight Precepts Retreat, uphold the eight precepts for one day and one night, Dec. 16 (Saturday 8:00 am) to Dec. 17 (Sunday 9:00 am). Throughout the retreat, learn about the Buddha's teaching, training the mind through chanting and meditating.

  • Tuition: $20.00 due at check in on 12/16
  • Prerequisites: Lay male and female Buddhist practitioners of right faith, sound in both mind and body, who wish to observe the Dharma of precepts.
  • This session is limited to those 18-60 years of age.
  • Reminders: Participants should be punctual and are expected to fully participate in the entire retreat. Please courteously notify us beforehand if you cannot come.
Be respectful of all arrangements made by the Temple and willingly do your best to follow the routine of the congregation without seeking special treatment.

All functions are signaled by board and bell. Cell phone/electronics use, alarm clocks, and flashlights are NOT allowed. Cell phones and so on will be held for safekeeping by the temple until retreat's completion.

While in retreat, please do not wear any jewelry, bring any valuables, nor bring any food with you.

This is a silent retreat. All meals will be Chinese-style vegetarian food.

Classes will generally be conducted in Chinese with English translation, with some classes fully conducted in English.

Check-in: Promptly at 8:00 am, Saturday, 12/16/17 at Assembly Room

Parking/venue: Drive to “15930 Glencove Dr.” and go up the hill to the left (9 o’clock position). Do not park in the Temple complex.

What to bring:
  1. black haiqing robe and brown precept robe (for those who have received precepts)
  2. sleeping bag or blanket (a bed, pillow, and shower gel will be provided)
  3. dull/light-colored tops and dark pants to layer under uniform
  4. white socks and undergarments to change (laundry facilities not available)
  5. arhat shoes or flat-soled shoes (no slippers/backless sandals)
  6. toiletries
  7. bath towel
  8. water bottle or lidded cup/mug (thermos-like that can hold hot liquids; disposable cups not provided)
  9. daily medication/allergy medicine
  10. current photo ID/driver’s license (kept by Temple while borrowing a translator for English translations of courses in Chinese).
Registration: Please fill out online registration form. Contact Temple: (626) 961-9697 ext. 118/131 or e-mail: Deadline: 12/12/17

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