Retreats

Monks of Pine Mountain Buddhist Temple

The Monks of Pine Mountain Buddhist Temple warmly invite you to come visit us and join us in the practice of Serene Reflection Meditation and participate in temple activities.  Of course the needs of individuals who have physical limitations will be accommodated.

2 Day Retreats start at 10 am on Saturday, 3 Day Retreats start at 10 am on Friday.  A brief meditation instruction is offered for newcomers to our practice.  During the weekend we observe Noble Silence except for during the Dharma Tea’s.  There are periods of sitting and walking meditation, Chanting services, silent meals, Dharma Talks and private spiritual guidance.

Accommodations
The temple consists of three houses, two meditation cabins and a workshop.    Male and female guests stay in separate houses where possible;  3 bedrooms are dormitory style and 3 are single or double use. Bedding is provided and showers are available.

Phone and Internet
The area immediately around the temple does not have cell phone service, but the temple has a satellite phone that may be used for emergencies. We do have Wi-Fi internet service available in our main common room. In order to preserve the retreat atmosphere and quiet of the temple, we ask that the use of this be limited to rest periods.

Meals
Meals are offered three times a day and are vegetarian; if you have dietary needs please let us know before you come.

What to bring
Layered clothing is best, as it can be hot and cold in one day.  Comfortable and respectful clothing, nothing too revealing, tight fitting or distracting.  You will need slip-on shoes and a watch, slippers, all your medications, sunscreen and toiletries.  A sleeping bag is helpful but we do provide bedding if needed.

Silence
The temple is a place of quiet spiritual refuge—a rare and wonderful opportunity in this world to look within, find a way to bring true peace into our life and find our pur­pose for living. By allowing ourselves and others to be quiet, we have the opportunity to see how we create our own suffering and what we can do to change our old patterns and habits.

The general rule is to be quiet and not to engage in unnecessary conversation. This is especially true for someone here for only a few days. For lay trainees here for longer periods, it can be help­ful to have conversations with each other from time to time. We can all help each other by learn­ing more about how speech can be either skilful or harmful. Idle chatter and excessive talking can hinder one’s training and one’s purpose for being here, but there is a time for socializing during some meals and tea breaks.

Spiritual counseling or a private conversation with one of the monks is always available, please just ask.

We especially ask that guests observe the following guidelines:

* To participate wholeheartedly in all Temple activities and to be punctual in following the schedule, is to learn to drop likes and dislikes. When we let go of likes and dislikes we begin to see how the Buddha’s Truth can be found in all things at all times.

* to not engage in other religious practices during your stay; while you are here, please do not read books other than those available in our library.

* to not use or bring alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, musical instruments or tapes, radios, pets, fire arms, or other weapons.

If there is anything about the teaching or practice you do not understand, or have difficulty with, please feel free to discuss this with one of the monks.

Private Retreats
We offer private retreats for people who wish to have considerable privacy within the daily routine of the temple.  We have two one-room meditation cabins available or a room in one of the houses. When applying for your stay, please indicate if you are applying for a private retreat.  To the extent that you wish to join the daily schedule of the temple you may, but you are also welcome to structure your time as you see fit.

Long Term Stays
Committed lay practitioners may apply to spend longer periods of time at the temple, e.g. a month or more.  Pine Mountain Temple is a very quiet environment, well suited to the development of serious spiritual practice and discipline.  There are few distractions; no television, no cell phone service, and restricted internet access.  Those who wish to practice long term should be clear in their own minds about their motivation for doing so, and be able to put aside their life in the outside world for as long as they remain in the temple.

There is no fixed fee for any of these offerings, please make a donation based on what you can afford.