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BODHISATTVA RETREAT 2007

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Our 5th annual one day Buddhist retreat titled "The Way of the Bodhisattva" was held at the beautiful  Dae Yen Sa International Temple, New Hartford, Connecticut. from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Thirty three people attended this year's retreat event.
 

Main Topics:

 

1) Working with the Mind, explored mindfulness practice, from the Guarding Alertness chapter of the classic 8th century Indian text The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva.

 

2) Awakened by the Ultimate Dimension from a variety of passages written by Shinran Shonin, founder and foremost Shin buddhist teacher, explored the Two Ways of Shin Buddhist Practice, true entrusting, mindfulness, Buddha-nature and the Bodhisattva way.

 

3) Healing Mantras. Learned about and practiced the transformative Sanskrit chants that awaken the heart and heal the body and mind.

 

4) Is There a Soul? A look into these questions and more from the Buddhist perspective.

  

Included sitting and walking meditation instruction, noble silence, mindfulness eating practice, yoga and sutra chanting. This retreat offered home-made vegetarian Korean style lunch.

 

Bodhisattva Retreat 2007
Nembutsu and golden Vairochana Buddha

Way of Bodhisattva retreat 2007
GR Lewis taught from the Guarding Alertness chapter of Way of Bodhisattva text

Buddhist Faith Fellowship retreat 2007
entering the temple with mindfulness

yoga at the Buddhist Retreat
Yoga in morning

Meditation at the Buddhist retreat
There was plenty of sitting meditation practice

Walking meditation practice
There was walking meditation practice

Buddhist chanting practice
Juliane Dean instructed voice meditation practice

Monks in Connecticut
The temple's Korean monk and nun conducted healing meditation

Buddhist retreat
Silent vegetarian lunch

Buddhist retreat in Connecticut
Training the mind with wisdom and compassion

Buddhist temple in Connecticut
TheTemple had beautiful statues