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THE SUTRA ON THE MIDDLE WAY - 3 DAY MEDITATION RETREAT

The Middle Way is a Buddhist term with rich connotations. Most simply, it implies a balanced approach to life and the regulation of one's impulses and behavior. The retreat will be 3 days and will be set among the spectacular geological formations and mountains of Jemez Springs NM at the riverfront property of the Bodhi Manda Zen Center.

Where

1 Bodhi Drive #8, Jemez NM, US 87025

Type of Event

  • Retreat

Yoga Styles

Levels

When

Mar 18 to
Mar 21
2016
16:00 pmto09:00 am

Daily schedule during the retreat:
Friday: 5-9pm. Dinner included (held in silence).
Saturday and Sunday: Optional 5am tea. 7am-9pm. Dinner included (held in silence).
Monday: Optional 5am tea. 7am breakfast (held in silence).

Price

$530

RESERVING YOUR SPACE with DEPOSIT of 1/2 tot. Email or call Aparna. (Bal. due 2/1/16)

Early bird before Jan. 1st:
Dorm + meals= $530
Dbl occ. private room (2 ppl/room) + meals= $560/person;
Day use/off site + meals= $410

After Jan. 1st:
Dorm + meals $600
Dbl occ private rm+ meals $630/person
Day use/off site + meals= $480

Full Description

Kaccayanagotta Sutta - The Sutra on the Middle Way
SPRING EQUINOX 2016 - 3 day Meditation Retreat
at THE BODHI MANDA ZEN CENTER, JEMEZ SPRINGS NM

The Middle Way is a Buddhist term with rich connotations. Most simply, it implies a balanced approach to life and the regulation of one's impulses and behavior, close to Aristotle's idea of the "golden mean" whereby "every virtue is a mean between two extremes, each of which is a vice."

While the word ‘middle’ denotes balance, however, the Middle Way should not be confused with passivity or a kind of middle-of-the-road compromise. To tread the Middle Way rather implies ongoing effort .
In the broadest sense, the Middle Way refers to the correct view of life that the Buddha teaches, and to the actions or attitudes that will create happiness for oneself and others. Thus, Buddhism itself is sometimes referred to as "the Middle Way," indicating a transcendence and reconciliation of the extremes of opposing
views.

In this Spring Equinox Retreat Aparna will lead and share key teachings from the Kaccayanagotta Sutta - the Sutra on the Middle way, both its wisdom and application to life as described by Buddha to his disciples.

The retreat is set among the spectacular geological formations and mountains of Jemez Springs NM. And the The Zen Center, located in historic Jemez Springs NM, enjoys a beautiful riverfront property with 6 main buildings to house its residents and guests as well as spaces for ceremonies, meditation, education, cooking and dining.

Retreat dates : March 18th- March 21st 2016 (Retreat begins at 4pm on Friday and ends at 9am on Monday)

Retreat Pricing
Early bird (Before January 1st) SAVE $80 or more
Dorm with meals $530 per person,
Private room with Double Occupancy (2 people each room) & meals $560 per person,
Day use/ off site with meals $410 per person

After January 1st
Dorm with meals $600 per person
Private room with Double Occupancy (2 people each room) & meals $630 per person,
Day use/ off site with meals $480 per person

You can register via credit card or paypal on .

If you come to class with Aparna you can pay via check/credit card or cash.

IMPORTANT PLEASE READ
- Meals included in retreat pricing are : Friday dinner, Saturday and Sunday breakfast, lunch & dinner, Monday breakfast.
- The day use option is for those who want to camp by themselves or find their own accommodations. PLEASE NOTE : Day use/off site students signing up for the retreat are required to attend all sittings in the retreat.
- Double occupancy means sharing the room with someone else. If you are coming by yourself and choosing a private room, a room-mate of the same sex will be assigned.
- Please do not contact the Zen Center with questions or for information. If you have questions or concerns please email or call 505-227-7765
- All meals are vegetarian. The Zen center is happy to accommodate special diets with enough notice. If you have special needs please let us know at the time of registering.
- Please plan to arrive latest by 4pm on Friday to give yourself time to settle in and be comfortable before dinner.
- Link to the Center :
- Students are encouraged to participate in a 30-45 min Seva/karma yoga/selfless service daily and are welcome to help the Center with clean up after meals.
- Things to bring with you : ear plugs, soap, towel, sunscreen, toilet articles, coffee mug, flashlight, hat, work gloves, bathing suit (for hot springs), flip-flops, casual, modest clothes, and warm clothes (including socks for the Temple) for chilly mornings. Bring Meditation cushions for yourself (chairs will be provided for those who cannot sit in the floor). Bring yoga mats for your own guided practice if so inclined. In order to respect the respect the sensitivities of others
please bring natural toiletries.
- Dormitory rooms are with bunk beds. Guests with physical limitations will be given preference for lower bunks.
-No pets please.
- Hotels within walking distance of the Bodhi Manda off-site are available. Here are some possible places to call if you do not wish to stay at the Center :
Giggling Star Cabins (575) 829-9175
Jemez Mountain Inn (575) 829-3926

Daily schedule during the retreat :

Friday :
■ 5:00 pm Dinner* (semi-formal)
■ 6:00- 9:00 pm First Sitting Meditation of the retreat
■ 9:00 pm Kaichin (Zendo closure)
*Meal held in silence

Saturday and Sunday
■ 5:00 am Choka sarei (tea) (optional)
■ 7:00 am Breakfast* (semi-formal)
■ 7:45 am Nitten Soji (clean-up)
■ 8.30- 11:30 am Sitting Meditation
■ 12:00 pm Lunch (Informal)
■ 1:30- 4:30 pm Sitting Meditation
■ 5:00 pm Dinner* (semi-formal)
■ 6:45- 8:30 pm Free Time
■ 9:00 pm Kaichin (Zendo closure)
*Meal held in silence

Monday
■ 5:00 am Choka sarei (tea) (optional)
7:00 am Breakfast* (semi-formal)
*Meal held in silence

Location: Bodhi Manda Zen Center, a Zen Buddhist Monastery in Jemez Springs, NewMexico, in the Jemez Mountains north of Albuquerque.

Directions from Albuquerque:
Go north on I-25. Take Rio Rancho/Placitas Exit # 242 onto 550 westbound. Continue past Bernalillo for about 23 miles. Turn right (north) onto Route 4 at San Ysidro and go about 16 miles to Jemez Springs. The Bodhi Manda Zen Center is on the (left) west side of the road, after the town park, also on the left.

About Aparna
APARNA is a Yogacharya and Dharma teacher. She has been teaching Insight Meditation (Vipassana) since 2001. She leads intensives on the Solstices and Equinoxes, teaches retreats around the year and is the creator of a series of meditation CD’s under the title
‘INNER ALCHEMY’. You can find her on or on her own website