HALF DAY OF SILENCE
~ Still the Body, Still the Speech, Still the Mind ~
A Half Day of Silence is held the first Saturday of every month. The meditation practice is from 8am-12pm and please arrive and be seated by 7:55am. RSVP is no longer required, you may just show up.
This is an opportunity to explore the meditation practice in consecutive periods focusing, dwelling, contemplating and settling into silence. This time will be perfect for beginners and for those already established in their meditation practice. Periods of seated meditation, walking meditation, temple cleaning and community tea will all be carried out in silence. You will enter the Temple in silence and you will leave in silence, creating the opportunity at the end to return your day in silence.
GUIDELINES - PLEASE READ & OBSERVE
Arrival: Please enter Temple no later than 7:50am and be seated by 7:55am.
Silence: Please enter in silence and leave in silence.
Clothing: Loose and comfortable
Cell Phones/Electronics: None. Please do not for any reason use cell phone, check cell phone, listen to music/recordings. (unless an emergency)
Closing Tea (Tentative): The retreat will close with everyone joining in a silent gathering of drinking tea. If for whatever reason you are unable to drink tea, please remain with everyone and drink water. Once you are done with your tea or water, you will silently wash your cup and return silently to your day.