Three-Day Chan Retreat

Three-Day Chan Retreat (December 8-10, 2017)

Retreat Starting and Ending Times:
Begins: Friday December 8  (4:30 – 6:00 PM check-in)
Ends: Sunday, December 10 (5 PM)  

To practice Chan is to cultivate clear awareness of all aspects of our being and to see into the true nature of our existence.  Chan retreat is an opportunity for retreatants to experience life lived in Chan practice both in stillness and motion through sitting, walking, moving, eating and cleaning meditation.  In this way, retreatants learn to integrate Chan into one’s daily life, leading a life that embodies wisdom and compassion.  Wisdom frees us from vexations and suffering.  Compassion is living to benefit all beings.  To cultivate wisdom and compassion is to live a more joyful and meaningful life.

This retreat will be led by Dr. Rebecca Li who will guide retreatants in the practice of Chan meditation.  She will explain how to practice sitting meditation, covering topics ranging from meditation methods, through helpful mental attitudes to support one’s meditation, to ways to investigate one’s mind.  Dr. Li will also guide retreatants through Chan practice in motion and offer private interviews to discuss issues related to one’s practice both in and outside the retreat.  


* Retreatants are required to have completed a one-day retreat or equivalent experience. 
*  Retreatants must commit to the entire length of retreat.  
*  Retreatants are required to stay overnight on 12/8 & 12/9 at the center.  Due to the limitation of the facility, all retreatants will be sleeping on the floors with your own sleeping bag and pad.  A complete packing list will be sent with the notice of acceptance.
*  Seating is limited.  If you are interested in attending, please fill out the application form.  If accepted, applicants will receive a notice of acceptance within two weeks.

About Our Teacher:  

Rebecca Li, a Dharma heir in the lineage of the Chan Master Sheng Yen, started practicing meditation in 1995. She attended her first intensive retreat with Chan Master Sheng Yen in 1996 and began serving as his interpreter in 1998. She started her teacher’s training with Master Sheng Yen in 1999 and started teaching as Dharma and meditation instructor in 2002. Later on, she trained with John Crook and then Simon Child, both Dharma heirs of Master Sheng Yen, to lead intensive retreats and received full Dharma transmission from Simon Child in 2016. Currently, she teaches meditation and Dharma classes, gives public lectures and leads retreats at Dharma Drum centers, university meditation groups and Dharma practice groups mostly in northeastern United States. Some of her talks and writings can be found at Rebecca is also a professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at The College of New Jersey.

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