Buddha root farm
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2022 Guan Yin Recitation Session
Sanctuary of the Heart
We find ourselves in times of unprecedented uncertainties in society, in the natural world, and often in ourselves. In the midst of unease and anxiety, where can we find a reliable refuge? How can we create an inner sanctuary capable of withstanding external instabilities? And how can we expand this sanctuary of the heart to include our families, friends, and ultimately, all living beings?
As a method that has been practiced for thousands of years, reciting Guan Yin Bodhisattva's name opens the door to the innate, everlasting refuge within. Invoked in times of danger and uncertainty, the quality of a compassionate heart and the wisdom of skillful means have the potential to turn peril into safety and fear into courage. Come join us in the woods of Buddha Root Farm, where we recite the name of Guan Yin and return to the refuge within.
Spaces are limited. Please apply early.
Sunday, July 10, 3:00 PM – Sunday, July 17, 9:00 PM, 2022
Arrival and Departure Times
Arrival day: Please arrive between 3pm-5pm on Sunday, July 10 to check-in, get COVID tested, and set up your camp before nightfall. A light dinner will be served at 5:15 pm. The evening program will begin at 7:30 pm on July 10.
Last day: The retreat will end on Sunday, July 17 at 9 pm. Please plan to stay until the end of the retreat.
This year’s retreat will be led by the monastics from the DRBA sangha and Prof. Douglas Powers. For more description, please see here.
We will follow a daily schedule of recitation, meditation, sutra study, and community work.
The pandemic has limited the number of participants we can accept. Only applicants who can attend full-time and participate in the full schedule will be considered.
5:00-5:45 Morning Ceremony (optional, highly encouraged)
8:30-10:15 Morning Guanyin Practice
10:30-11:00 Meal Offering & Transference
11:00-12:00 Lunch & Dharma Talk
12:00-1:00 Community Service
1:00-2:00 Break & Personal Time
2:00-4:30 Afternoon Guanyin Practice
**3:30-4:30 Afternoon Discussion (optional)
5:45-6:15 Cleanup & Personal Time
6:30-7:30 Evening Ceremony
7:30-8:45 Evening Class
8:45-9:30 Great Transference
Minimizing Your Risk of Exposure 5 Days Prior to the Retreat (IMPORTANT! Please read)
To protect everyone at the retreat, we request that each participant agrees to minimize the risk of exposure to possible infection 5 days before the retreat. This includes avoiding large gatherings of 15 people or more, avoiding dining at restaurants both indoors and outdoors, minimizing time spent in crowded spaces, and protecting yourself by wearing a well-fitted KN95 or N95 mask when in public places. More details will follow in the next few days.
Return Travel Plan for Possible Infection
If you test positive for COVID-19 during the retreat, you will be quarantined and asked to leave Buddha Root Farm as soon as possible. If you fall ill and are unable to independently return home, you will need to ask your emergency contact for assistance. Please advise them of this possibility prior to coming to the retreat.
Please have a backup travel plan for early return in the event that you or your travel companion tests positive, or if the retreat ends early due to community spread within the retreat participants. Participants that carpool to the retreat together in the same vehicle will be regarded as close contacts and may be asked to leave the retreat if someone in the same car tests positive.
We are in the process of drafting a detailed COVID protocol for pre-arrival precautions and for COVID safety during the retreat. More information will be sent out as we draw closer to the retreat.
The organizing staff is doing everything we can to ensure a safe environment for us to practice together in a community. We wish you health and well-being.
Age Requirement (New in 2022)
This retreat is open to participants 15 and above. Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or a designated guardian.
Facilities and Accommodations (New in 2022)
Outdoor Buddha Hall and Dining Hall: To ensure the safety of our community during the pandemic, large group gatherings such as chanting, meditation, classes, and dining will be conducted outdoors. Large event tents will be set up to serve as the Buddha Hall and Dining Hall. This means temperature can vary widely from early morning to evening. It may be cold in the evenings and early mornings, as well as hot during the day, so please dress accordingly.
Lodging: Buddha Root Farm does not provide indoor lodging accommodations for participants. Participants will stay in tents or their own vehicles. We ask that you bring your own tent and camping equipment to ensure that you will be comfortable and warm at night. (Note: The loft area inside the Half-can where some women have previously stayed will not be Covid-safe during the pandemic. Staying at the Half-can is no longer an option.)
Showers and Bathrooms: Several outdoor showers and porta-potties will be available for retreat participants. Indoor facilities are extremely limited. Please be prepared to use outdoor showers and porta-potties during your stay at Buddha Root Farm.
COVID Safety Measures (New in 2022)
Vaccinations, including a booster shot, are required to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants. A Covid test will be conducted upon arrival and there will be regular testing throughout the retreat. Pre-arrival Covid test may be required. Masks are required indoors. Participants who test positive or develop symptoms during the retreat may need to return home. Additional details will be confirmed as the retreat draws closer.
Service as Practice
Service plays a central role in the overall retreat experience by bringing the Dharma into daily life, supporting others, and creating a sense of community. Every retreat participant will be assigned work duties such as cooking, cleaning, and dishwashing. We hope to foster an environment where work, study, and practice are all integrated into one holistic experience.
Noble Silence (New in 2022)
To maintain an inner and outer environment of concentration, we will observe Noble Silence throughout the retreat. However, participants may speak during discussion periods and lectures, and as-needed during community work.
Packing List (New in 2022)
Please bring a bowl, a plate, a cup, and utensils for your own use during the retreat. For health and safety reasons, retreat participants will use their own dishes for meals this year. Everyone will wash their own dishes after each meal.
Please bring a tent and the camping equipment you need to stay comfortable and warm at night. Participants may also sleep in their own vehicle. Indoor lodging will not be available this year due to safety concerns.
For a complete list of things to bring, please click here.
Application Process (New in 2022)
Please read the retreat and logistics information carefully before applying. Due to space limitations, only applicants who can attend full time and follow the retreat guidelines will be considered. Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis from now until July. Every application will be followed up by an online interview.
A waiting list will be established once the maximum retreat capacity is reached.
We understand that life sometimes presents unexpected situations. If you are no longer able to attend the retreat, please contact us as soon as possible so we can give your spot to someone on the waiting list. Annual retreats at Buddha Root Farm are in high demand and your spot can be offered to a person on the waiting list.
Paying it Forward
Each retreat at Buddha Root Farm is a gift from previous retreat participants. There is no charge for attending a Buddha Root Farm retreat. At the end of this year’s retreat, if you have benefited from the experience, you are welcome to donate towards supporting future retreats.
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More information to come for 2023
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