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As a bee without harming the flower, its colour or scent, flies away, collecting only the honey, even so should the sage wander in the village.
~The Buddha
Dhammapada 4:6



Daily schedule

This is the schedule we follow when we are not in a formal retreat.

4:30 AM 5:00 AM Wake-up and shine
5:00 AM - 6:00 AM Meditation in Main Hall
6:00 AM - 6:30 AM Puja chanting
6:30 AM   -    6:45 AM Announcements
6:45 AM   -    7:00 AM Lay person offer monastic allowances in Sangha Hall
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Breakfast/Cleaning
8:00 AM   -    8:30 AM Work Meeting
8:30 AM - 10:45 AM Work period
8:30 AM   -    10:30 AM (Saturday) Mutual cleaning
9:30 AM   -    10:30 AM (Sunday) Meditation
10:45 AM   -    11:00 AM Preparing for Lunch
11:00 AM   - 1:00 PM Puja Chanting/Lunch/Cleaning
12:00 PM   -    2:00 PM Personal time
2:00 PM   -    4:00 PM Work Period
3:00 PM   -    4:30 PM (Wednesday) Resident’s Meeting - all residents must attend
3:00 PM   -    4:00 PM (Tuesday and Friday) Interviews with Bhante Gunaratana and Bhante Seelananda
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Tea time with discussion (on topics given by the Buddha which are truly sobering, befit to mental clarity & conducive to opening awareness) [optional]
5:00 PM -        (Evening meditation begins at 5:00 pm during the winter months)
3:00 PM   -      4:00 PM (Saturday) Pali Class
4:00 PM   -      5:00 PM (Saturday) Sutta Discussion
5:00 PM   -      6:00 PM Meditation in the Main Hall
6:00 PM   -      6:30 PM Break
6:30 PM -      6:45 PM Puja Chanting
6:45 PM   - 7:00 PM A thought to bed (A word of the Buddha)
7:00 PM   -    8:00 PM Meditation (Minimum one hour, after that, you can continue to practice as you wish)           

All Residents and guest are expected to fully participate in morning and evening meditations.  If you cannot fully participate, please speak to the guest Master upon your arrival.  Visitors are welcome to come just for the day for the Saturday and/or Sunday meditations, Dhamma talks, discussions and classes.  Please let us know if you would like to participate in any of the events offered to the public each week (except when we are in retreat, please read all the guidelines about visiting).

All residents and guest are expected to contribute two to four hours of work per day of chores and work for the benefit of the community.  If you believe you cannot offer your help or are limited to what work you can offer, please speak to the Guest Master upon your arrival.

Noisy work should be completed between the hours of 8:00 am and 10:45 am and 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm.  Please keep the Meditation Hall and surrounding areas quiet at all other times.

Please keep conversations to a minimum from evening meditation until after breakfast.


Updated: Nov 29, 2012
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This is the schedule we follow when we are not in a formal retreat.