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“There is, monks, an unborn, unbecome, unmade, unconditioned. If, monks, there were no unborn… no escape would be discerned from what is born, become, made, conditioned. But because there is an unborn…, therefore an escape is discerned from what is born, become, made, conditioned.”
~ The Buddha
Ud 8:3

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Visiting

Between public retreats, the Bhavana Society is open to visitors who would like to share the experience of monastery life for a short time.  By visiting you will experience a taste of the benefits of monastic life without having to make a life long commitment.

Visitors participate in the daily schedule of the monastery.  We wake in the morning for silent meditation at 5 am.  This meditation is followed by chanting in Pali, the language of the Buddhist texts.  We do this chanting to set the intention for the day’s activities.  It reminds us that we have dedicated our lives…(read more)