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Brian RuheCourses and Retreats on Buddhist Philosophy and Meditation are humbly provided by Brian Ruhe. Brian has been a practicing Buddhist for twenty-three years and spent seven months as a Buddhist monk in Thailand in 1996. Brian has been teaching Buddhism and meditation in the Vancouver area since 1996 and trains in the Theravada Forest Tradition. If you would like to support Brian Ruhe’s work and You Tube videos, you can send a donation (dana) here.

Brian Ruhe is a long-time Vancouver teacher of authentic Buddhism, not the sugar-coated sentimental kind often marketed in North America. He is clear and engaging, not to mention a nice guy.

-Douglas Todd, Spirituality and Philosophy, Vancouver Sun

Brian is also the author of two books on meditation titled “A Short Walk On An Ancient Path – A Buddhist Exploration of Meditation, Karma and Rebirth” and “Freeing the Buddha“. There are also guest teachers and visiting monks. If you would like to be on the email list please email Brian.

Some people prefer a one-on-one meeting over a group setting. Brian is available for spiritual coaching for $50 / hour, in person, by phone or Skype.

Brian can  be reached through email, telephone or regular mail through the Contact page.

Westminster Abbey Silent Vipassana Retreat. Jan 16 -18, 2015

  • Friday, January 16, 2015 7:30 PM

    to

  • Westminster Abbey Monastery Mission

    34224 Dewdney Trunk Road V2V 6V4 (604) 826-8975, Mission, BC (edit map)

  • Price: $135.00 plus donation

  • Westminster Abbey Vipassana Retreat

    Join Brian Ruhe for a weekend Buddhist meditation retreat at Westminster Abbey in Mission.

    http://www.westminsterabbey.ca
    email: a30085@paralynx.com

    WMA is a Catholic Monastery with 31 Benedictine monks and it’s a great place for a Buddhist meditation retreat! It is located at the top of a hill with a great view and trails and walks through the forest. The construction is ideal for meditation retreats because the large stone walls make secluded quiet spaces.

    You can see photos from our two previous retreats there, at the Photos tab above.You can see photos from our two previous retreats there, at the Photos tab above.

    You each get your own private room and bath, with bed, towels but bring your own shampoo. The cost is excellent, $135 plus donation for two nights including vegetarian meals. Evening dinner is included. You can email to Brian if you want to get on the reservation list, which holds up to 30 people. We only get one booking per year here. The Guestmaster is Father Mark Dumont, OSB at 604-826-8975.

    We will go Friday evening to Sunday late afternoon January 16 -18, 2015. There is no evening meal on Friday but you can arrive as early as you like. Our schedule will have meditation instruction, dharma talks, guided meditations as well as silent sittings. We will have three hour periods in the mornings and afternoon where you can practice walking meditation and sitting meditation for as long as you like.

    This is a silent retreat, to build the meditative peace and concentration but talking is allowed during lecture periods. Saturday nights are the most open discussion period, which people have enjoyed. The schedule does not force long hours of meditation, like a Vipassana boot camp. Brian’s retreats are for mature people who can be silent together and still be free to have personal time to go for walks, drink tea, do yoga, read their own choice of dhamma books, hang out or listen to talks on their portable devices.

    This is a special opportunity which only comes once a year for groups like ours, to share the space at this monastery and at little cost. This is our most popular retreat location and many people wait a year to come back.

    COST and DONATION (DANA)
    The retreat cost is $135 to the monastery. Plus a donation to Brian.  There will be a donation box for Brian. 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 also be given to all the planning work and promotion that is done before the retreat, and Brian’s room cost.

    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.

    Much metta,
    Brian Ruhe

Silent Vipassana Meditation Weekend Retreat – November 28 – 30th

at the Vipassana Bhavana Retreat Centre, with Brian Ruhe

Practicing Breath, Loving Kindness and Walking Meditation in the Theravada Forest tradition.

Samatha – Vipassana means calm-insight, which is the process of meditation as taught by the Buddha.”

Join Brian and Ajahn Santy at this location for the first time. It is 1.5 hours from Vancouver. Deepen your meditation practice with periods of silence, in the right environment. Friday to Sunday, November 28 – 30th, 2014.

RETREAT FORMAT

Go anytime on Friday. Evening meeting begins at 7:30 pm. Wake up at 6:00 am. 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’ meaning no food after lunch, unless you have health reasons.

Dress should be modest, 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; participants will volunteer to cook and clean up.

A silent retreat means no talking, unless it is during dhamma talks. People can talk outside if they really need to.

ACCOMMODATION

The sleeping conditions in the two house are basic with some rooms, beds, and the main room. Retreatants need to bring a foam mattress or some kind of cushion for their bed, a sleeping bag or blankets, pillow and a towel . You may be sleeping on a hard wooden board with no mattress. Our maximum is about 20 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.

LOCATION

The Vipassana Bhavana Retreat Centre is located at 4124 Wilson Road at Majuba Hill Road, Chilliwack, near Cultas Lake. It is two houses and a hall. The location on Google Maps is:

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/4124+Wilson+Rd,+Chilliwack,+BC+V2R+5H4,+Canada/@49.07602,-122.0455785,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x54844632757e43ad:0x324a627f7bcf4cdb

The Google photo album website holds photos of about a dozen retreats which I have led. Please take a look at: https://plus.google.com/photos/111270685064751504177/albums?banner=pwa

COST BY DONATION (DANA)

This retreat is by donation. There will be one donation box for the retreat centre which is tax deductible. And one donation box for Brian. The suggested donation for Brian is $75 which includes the food costs. There is no suggested donation for the retreat centre.

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.

TRANSPORTATION-A car pool is being arranged. Contact Brian if you need or can offer a ride.

VOLUNTEERS

Please let me know if you would like to help organizing rides, getting food, preparing meals or encouraging silence at the retreat. Much metta.

TEACHER

The instructor, Brian Ruhe has taught Buddhism and meditation for 18 years. He follows the Theravada Forest tradition at forestsangha,org . He is the author of two Buddhist books and guided meditation CDs, which will be available. Our host, Ajahn Santy is a Laotian monk and abbot of the Laotian temple in Aldergrove.

CONTACT

Brian Ruhe’s address: #104 – 1960 West 7th Ave., Vancouver, BC V6J 1T1. Tel. 604-738-8475. Cell. 778-232-2282. Email: brian@brianruhe.ca . Ajahn Santy’s cell is 604-309-8235.

 

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