Easter Vipassana Meditation Retreat – April 18 – 20
at the Lao Buddhist Temple, with Brian Ruhe
Practicing Breath, Loving Kindness and Walking Meditation in the Forest tradition
Join Brian at the Laotian Buddhist temple in Aldergrove! It’s an opportunity to deepen your meditation practice with periods of silence, in the right environment. Friday to Sunday April 18 – 20, 2014. Our host, Ajahn Santy is the abbot of the monastery and he will join us.
Start Friday 9:30 am, arrive early to get your room. Wake up at 6:00 am with 6:15 am morning meditation. We will have three hour periods in the mornings and afternoons where you can practice walking meditation and sitting meditation for as long as you like. There will be some dhamma talks, discussions and guided meditations. This will be an ‘eight precept retreat’ (you can Google that) meaning no food after lunch, unless you have health reasons. Dress should be modest in the monastery, not being too revealing and you’re encouraged to wear white if you like. Bring your own sitting gear if you have it as their supply is limited. Retreat ends 4:00 pm Sunday. Meals will be arranged. Retreat schedule is available.
The retreat committee will arrange vegetarian meals for the group. We have a full kitchen; people can volunteer to cook and clean up. Notify Brian if you have diet restrictions. A silent retreat means no talking, especially in the main building, unless it is during dhamma talks. People can talk outside if they really want to.
The sleeping conditions at the monastery are basic with some rooms, beds, a dorm and a hall. Retreatants need to bring a foam mattress or some kind of cushion for their bed, a towel, sleeping bag or blankets and pillow cases for the pillows provided. Bring a towel and your toiletries. You may be sleeping on a hard wooden board with no mattress. Our maximum is about 25 people overnight but more people can join us for the day. Please be prepared for snoring and bring ear plugs if you need them. If you snore please let me know.
The Laotian temple is at 6234 – 264 Street at 62 Ave. in Aldergrove and it’s easy to find.
You go down Hwy 1 and go north on 264 St.
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The Google photo album website holds photos of many of the retreats I have led at this location. Please take a look at:
COST BY DONATION (DANA)
This retreat is by donation. There is a charge of $30 for food which needs to be paid in advance using the PayPal button on the theravada.ca website, or send by email banking or a cheque payable to Brian Ruhe to #104- 1960 West 7th Ave. Vancouver, V6J 1T1. The suggested doantion is $60 for Brian and there should also be a donation for the monastery. Donations are essential and gratefully accepted to support the continuation of these retreats in the future and Brian’s work supporting the dhamma. The retreat is offered in accord with the tradition from the time of the Buddha that those who offer the teachings do not charge for their teaching. Dana, which means generosity, is the Buddhist practice of extending generosity in gratitude for the teachings.
A car pool is being arranged. Contact Brian if you need or can offer a ride.
Please let me know if you would like to help planning the retreat, getting food, preparing meals or encouraging silence at the retreat. Much metta.
The instructor, Brian Ruhe has taught Buddhism and meditation for 18 years. He follows Ajahn Sona in the Theravada Forest tradition at birken.ca . He is the author of two Buddhist books and several guided meditation CDs, which will be available.
Brian Ruhe’s address: #104 – 1960 West 7th Ave., Vancouver, BC V6J 1T1.
Tel. 604-738-8475. Cell. 778-232-2282. Email: