The four protective meditations are a group of meditation topics designed to establish a firm foundation for growth in the Dhamma. The four are: recollection of the Buddha, meditation on loving-kindness, mindfulness of the bodily parts, and recollection of death. Over four Saturdays in August, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi will conduct day-long sessions on each of these meditation subjects. Each Saturday class will extend from 9:00 am till 3:45 pm. We will start at 9:00 am with a half-hour silent meditation. At 9:30 am Ven. Bodhi will give a talk on the selected meditation subject, followed by a guided meditation until 11:20 am. After a short Q & A session, we will break for lunch. We will resume at 1:00 pm and continue practicing the selected meditation topic until 3:30 pm, followed by a short Q & A session ending at 3:45 pm.
The schedule is as follows:
|August 5th||Recollection of the Buddha|
|August 12th||Meditation on loving-kindness|
|August 19th||Mindfulness of bodily parts|
|August 26th||Recollection of death|
Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi, originally from New York City, has been a Buddhist monk since 1972 and is highly regarded as a scholar and teacher. He lived in Asia for 24 years, where he was president and editor of the Buddhist Publication Society. He has been living at Chuang Yen Monastery since 2007.
Location: Chuang Yen Monastery, 2020 Route 301, Carmel, NY 10512, in the Kuan Yin Hall.
Note: Because of a persisting health problem, Bhikkhu Bodhi may on occasion have to cancel a scheduled Saturday morning class. We therefore suggest that you verify whether each class will be given before you travel to Chuang Yen monastery.
This verification can be done by either: (1) checking your e-mail, or (2) phoning the monastery.
- E-mail. Chuang Yen Monastery will send everyone registered in the class an
e-mail by 7:00 AM on the Saturday morning of each class, indicating whether the class will be given or is cancelled.
- Phone. Those without e-mail should check the recorded message at 845- 228-4645 at 7:00 AM on the morning of each class. The message will say whether the class will be given or cancelled.