2011 Summer Camp at Chuang Yen Monastery: Eradicating Suffering (去塵除垢)
The teachings of the Buddha, which is emanated from searching for a way to eradicate all suffering concentrates on the progression and liberation of human mind and educates sentient beings how to eradicate mental defilement in order to attain Nirvāna.
Nowadays we live in a society where materialism is always emphasized excessively, which directly and consequentially causes a great recession of our spiritualty. The relationships among people and societies have been always evaluated by capital, which results in numerous international, social, and familial conflicts and unease. Yet how do we resolve these challenges? How do we strike a balance in settling these issues and searching the purposes of our existence?
This year, with the aim of purifying our mind, the summer camp will be focusing on providing answers to these issues based upon the teachings of the Buddha which were rediscovered more than twenty five hundred years.
Registration Deadline：June 10. No registration will be granted after the deadline. From June 11 to 13, all registrants will be reviewed. A “Letter of Acceptance” will be sent out on June 14 to those who are admitted.
Check-in Time：July 1, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Opening ceremony start at 4:00pm.
Group Capacity：Adults – 40 (ages 30 and above); Youth – 25 (ages 17 to 28); Teens – 40 (ages 13 to 16); Family – 40 pairs (any child aged 8 to 12 must have a parent or guardian with them throughout the camp period)
How to register：
1. You can register online.
2. You can download the application form, fill out the form (please print) and send it back with a self-addressed, stamped envelope, with a note on the envelope indicating “Summer Camp”. Please send the package before June 10.
3. You may e-mail your application to firstname.lastname@example.org
4. We will mainly consider those who can stay the whole time.
5. We do not accept telephone registrations or registration by third party.
6. Please bring the Letter of Acceptance at check-in.
Check-in Location：Main Office, Great Buddha Hall
Notes to parents：
1. Please do not register your child if he/she needs one-on-one supervision.
2. Please minimize the interference with lessons and classes, if you decide to stay with the camp.
What you need to bring：Health insurance card; Personal bowls and silverware; Toiletry items (toothbrush, soap, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.); Sleeping bag, blanket; Cup, Slippers, Hat/cap, Comfortable clothes for meditation or exercise.
What you must NOT bring：Meat; Alcoholic beverages; Personal electronic devices; Expensive jewelry (for which we will not accept any responsibility for lost)
1. Chuang Yen Monastery reserves the right to ask anyone to leave the premises if they do not follow camp rules, e.g. being disruptive, not violating the regulations of operation.
2. Please notify us as soon as possible, if you are admitted but unable to come. We could grant admission to others on the waiting list.
3. Please do not show up without admission, i.e. Letter of Acceptance during the summer camp period.
1. For those who decide to drive their own vehicles, please check our website at www.baus.org for driving directions.
2. For those who decide to take public transportation, there will be one (1) shuttle bus service at Cold Spring train station at 2:02 PM on July 1. Please show up on time, there will be no other bus service.
3. For those who decide to take private transportation service, please contact Mr. Lin at 212-673-5186, Yifan Transportation Travel Agency at 718-886-8868, or any other limo services. BAUS is not responsible for any conduction of the transaction.
4. For those who fly in at La Guardia International Airport, we suggest to book your return flights no earlier than 6:00 PM on July 5.
No mandatory fee, but we do appreciate your donations.
Donations may be made by check payable to BAUS with indication for “Summer Camp.”
(Registration is Closed)
Please come back for updated program information.