The Poetry of Chan Meditation
Date: Sun., December 17 • Time: 10:00am - 4:30pm • Place: Kuan Yin Hall
What does poetry have to do with meditation? How can Chan Buddhist poetry guide you in finding peace amidst the struggles of daily life?
In this series of retreats, David Listen will make use of the poems of Chan Masters (the ancestors of Zen Buddhism) to lead you in the practice of meditation techniques and methods of mindful living.
Based his experience with meditation, Chinese culture & language,
and now living & practicing in a bustling big city, David will bring the centuries-old teachings to life, and show you how to apply them to your life in the modern world.
10:00 am Introduction/Orientation/
Sitting meditation, walking meditation, etc.
11:20 am Vegetarian Lunch
Rest (Chan Hall)
Dharma talk, meditation, etc.
4:30 pm Finish, Closing words
David Listen has been teaching Chan/Zen meditation for over 10 years, leading numerous intensive meditation retreats, classes, and activities at various meditation centers, as well as teaching at many college campuses and private institutions throughout the U.S., Europe, and East Asia. Previously known as Venerable Chang Wen, he was one of the few western monastic disciples of Chan Master Sheng Yen. He had been a monk for over a decade, and has since returned to lay life to share Buddhism in his own creative way. David holds a BS in Environmental Studies, and is currently getting his MSEd in Mental Health Counseling. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. He nowadays does life mentoring/coaching, continuing to guide people in their Chan/Zen life practice on an individual and group basis, in and outside of retreat.
A few things to remind you for joining the 1 Day meditation retreat:
3. Please be on time, the door will be open at 8:30 am, the program starts at 9:00 am.
4. Please park at the designated parking areas
5. There is no fixed fee, any amount of donation is greatly appreciated. (However, Lunch is $6.00 per person, please bring exact change)
6. If you are coming from the train and need us to pick you up at the train station, please be on time as the pickup van will be leaving on time. If you will cancel the pick-up, please do email us to let us know. If you are late, you can call 845-265-2200 for taxi service.
** This is a silent retreat. Please be prepared to take a break from communication with others, by not speaking/conversing, and by turning off your phones for the day. This is the most important rule that helps you immerse yourself into the practice.
May you all will enjoy the retreat, Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.
firstname.lastname@example.org or (845) 225-1819
Chuang Yen Monastery 2020 Route 301, Carmel, NY 10512