Yearlong Retreat: Upping Your Game
A series of Email Classes and At Home Workshops will be offered under this year's theme, Upping Your Game. Explore ways to deepen and incorporate practice into your life through Recording and Listening, caring for the body, participating as Sangha, and living in gratitude. Register for all of them at once (to seriously up your game!) or individually as the year unfolds.

Registration has closed - Yearlong Retreat Schedule
The Visiting Monk Program
Deepen your practice and train as a monk in the Visiting Monk Program at the Monastery. This program is our most advanced and challenging training opportunity. It is recommended only for those who are steeped in practice and have participated in all of the training opportunities that the Monastery offers--retreats, workshops, email classes, etc. It is offered on a month by month basis throughout the year. Email us at if you are interested in this program. There are prerequisites for this training.
Taking Practice on the Road
In keeping with our practice focus of Upping Your Game, we are taking practice on the road. Cheri and senior monks will be facilitating workshops around the country. Don’t miss a workshop in your neighborhood.

October 25 - One-Day Workshop with Cheri in Felton, CA - Registration has closed
Precepts Renewal (a Monastery retreat)
The Precepts Renewal retreat is a time of contemplation and re-commitment to the path of waking up and ending suffering. We will begin with Thursday evening group discussion at the Monastery and end after lunch on Saturday. However, all are invited to stay through Sunday group. This three-day Sangha event is a spacious, quiet, collaborative retreat for those who have already taken Precepts and who enjoy both planning and attending the celebration.

October 9-11 - Registration has closed

2014 New Year's Retreat at Vallombrosa Center in Menlo Park, California
There's an adage that states, "How you end one year is how you will spend the next." As Sangha we want to spend each moment practicing conscious, compassionate awareness. Welcome in a new year of practice with Sangha in the beautiful surroundings of the Vallombrosa retreat center.

December 27 - January 1 - Register
There Is Nothing Wrong with You
This is the challenging, joyous, fulfilling, courageous, demanding, loving, kind, and compassionate work of freeing oneself from the ravages of conditioning and self-hate. It is a great first retreat, a prerequisite to many of our other retreats, and well worth repeating--often. 

October 20-27 - Registration has closed
Reflective Listening Buddies Program
This program offers the opportunity to connect with a participant in another part of the country (or another country) weekly for 30 minutes of practice support.

October 15 - Registration has closed
Stop Drop & Text Practice
We often say "how you do anything is how you do everything." Through sending text messages, Stop, Drop & Text encourages mindfulness of "how you do" daily life. This new practice is yet another powerful support for Upping Your Game! 

October 20 - November 15 - Registration has closed      December 1-26
Email Classes
Email classes are a perfect opportunity to deeply explore an aspect of practice. Assignments on the topic of the class are emailed twice weekly. You then work on the exercises, send in what you see, and receive guidance. Exchanges are posted anonymously so all participants can benefit from what Sangha is seeing and the Guide is offering in response.
  At-Home Workshops
These retreats offer a full day of teleconferenced, at-home practice. Each retreat includes group discussions and exercises on a special focus for the day, such as relationships, working, art, mentoring, and more!

  • December 6 - Post Game Celebration Living in Gassho is living in gratitude, hearts truly one. The world overflows with goodness, the goodness we inherently are. From there, we can only feel joyful and grateful. Hard to imagine a better way to celebrate the end of a season of play!
  Guidance Days
Guidance Day offers an opportunity to schedule a phone guidance session with a monk or senior practitioner. 

December 13



Mark Your Calendar!
Thirteenth Annual Golden Gate Bridge Walk in San Francisco - celebrating the Project.

October 4, 2014 - Registration has closed


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