Buddhist Studies Retreats

At Zen Mountain Monastery

The Buddhist Unconscious: Yogācāra Buddhism and How It Illuminates Bias

with William Waldron

February 14 - 16, 2020
Everything we know about our world comes through our senses and perceptions. Things seem to just appear as true, yet when we examine closely, we see that consciousness mixes each object with a lifetime of ideas, beliefs, experiences and associations. What then is true? We all harbor deep-seated underlying assumptions that lead us to automatically but unconsciously pigeon-hole the people we meet […]

One Dharma: Having Desires & Knowing How to Be Satisfied

with Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

March 13 - 15, 2020
When the mind becomes quiet and clear, we can better understand the subtleties of the Buddha’s teaching and more clearly experience its relationship to our lives. Through silent meditation and inquiry guided by Shugen Roshi, we'll examine our moment-to-moment experience of holding on, and how this constricts and binds the mind and body. We'll also examine […]

Cultivating the Power for Activism

with Venerable Dr. Pannavati

June 11 - 14, 2020
Our meditation practice alone cannot not serve as our sole commitment to help end the suffering of others. We have a powerful opportunity to cultivate and develop the prerequisites that enable beneficial acts to be undertaken with intention, attention and skillfulness. The weekend will be a combination of contemplation of sutras from Zen, Theravada and […]