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:  

Dr. Rebecca Li is a Dharma heir in the Dharma Drum lineage of Chan Buddhism.  She started practicing Chan in 1995 and began her teacher's training with Master Sheng Yen and serving as his English interpreter in the late 1990s.  After 2001, she also trained with Drs. John Crook and Simon Child, two of Master Sheng Yen’s lay Dharma heirs, and received full Dharma transmission from Simon Child in 2016 and given the Dharma name Zhi-Deng Fa-Chuan, meaning “Wisdom Lamp Dharma Transmitting”.  She gives public lectures and leads Chan retreats at Dharma Drum centers, university meditation groups and Dharma communities mostly in the Northeast.  Some of her talks and writings can be found at  Dr. Li is also a sociology professor at The College of New Jersey.

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