“Inward Bound” Vipassana Meditation Retreat
in Aldergrove Friday – Sunday Dec. 6 – 8 with Brian Ruhe
Practicing Breath, Loving Kindness and Walking Meditation
Join Brian for this December retreat! The retreat will be in the Theravada Forest tradition, held at the Laotian Buddhist temple in Aldergrove. The abbot is Ajahn Santy. The location is ideal for a long weekend away. We finish Monday at 4:00 pm.
Meet anytime after 6:00 pm on Friday. Evening meeting at 7:00 pm. Wake up at 6:00 am with 6:15 am morning meditation. 11:00 am lunch. 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. If you have a meditation cushion, bring it as their supply is limited. Dress should be modest in the monastery. You have the option of wearing all white, if you like, which is traditional for this kind of eight precept retreat (you can Google that).
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. There will be no meals after breakfast and lunch which is monastic life, unless you have health reasons. Tea time snacks in the afternoon.
A silent retreat means no talking, especially in the main building, unless it is during dharma talks and discussion, which is fine. People can talk outside if they really want to, but silence supports everyone’s practice, to go deeper into the meditative state.
The sleeping conditions at the monastery are basic with some rooms, beds, a dorm and a hall. Retreatants need to bring a MATTRESS or some kind of cushion for their bed, and a sleeping bag or blankets, and pillow cases for the pillows provided. Likely there will be blankets provided but it’s uncertain. You may be sleeping on a hard wooden board with no mattress. Please be prepared for snoring and bring ear plugs if you need them. If you snore please let me know.
Women get three shared bedrooms in the main floor of the house for two, three and six women, and men have a dorm in the hall, upstairs. You can also use a tent if you want a quiet corner of the field around the monastery.
You can take a look at the photos of Brian’s past retreats there, on Google at:
See many videos of retreat talks there at youtube.com/user/brianruhe
Retreat held at the Laotian Buddhist temple. The location is ideal for a weekend; it is just outside the city, an easy one hour away down the highway. The address is 6234 – 264 Street at 62 Ave. in Langley district, in Aldergrove. You go down Hwy 1 and turn left on 264 St. The location on Google Maps sometimes doesn’t work :
BY DONATION (DANA)
This retreat is by donation. There will be one donation box for Brian and one for the monastery. The food cost is separate and you will be charged for that. Donations are essential and gratefully accepted to support the continuation of these retreats in the future and Brian’s work supporting the dharma. Consideration should be given to all the planning work and promotion that is done before the retreat.
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. The dhamma is considered priceless, and is meant to be freely available to all. Dana, which means generosity, is the Buddhist practice of extending generosity in gratitude for the teachings.
Brian Ruhe. email: email@example.com Tel. 604-738-8475. Cell. 778-232-2282 and the temple phone is 604-856-7352.
A car pool is being arranged. Contact Brian if you need a ride or can offer a ride.
Please let me know if you would like to help planning the retreat, getting some food, preparing meals or managing things at the retreat.