Online over Zoom
Finding Joy in the Wholesome / 3-Day Online Retreat with Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
People sometimes come away with the impression that the Buddha’s teachings are bleak and pessimistic. It’s true that the Buddha speaks about the universality of suffering, about the specter of old age and death, and about our bondage to samsara, the cycle of birth and death. But from an inside perspective, the Buddha’s teachings are permeated by joy and happiness. They begin with the simple joys of generosity and ethical conduct, proceed to the bliss of deep meditation, and end in the highest happiness—nirvana—complete liberation from suffering.
Over the three days following the American Thanksgiving holiday, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi will lead a retreat on the topic “Finding Joy in the Wholesome.” This will be a relaxed retreat that combines meditation, Dhamma talks, textual readings, and discussion. We’ll explore the meaning of the wholesome in Buddhism and take up methods that help us “find joy in the wholesome.”
While the retreat will not be strict and demanding, it is not intended for newcomers to the Dhamma, but is best suited for those who already have taken refuge in the Three Jewels (at least inwardly), are observing the five precepts, and are committed to regular Dhamma practice. We’ll be practicing the recollection of the Three Jewels, the recollection of ethical conduct, the recollection of generosity, and meditation on loving-kindness, altruistic joy, and gratitude.
The retreat will begin at 6 am on Friday, November 24, continue throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, and end at noon on Sunday, November 26. It will be conducted in English only, online over Zoom. A link to the schedule can be found on the side panel.
THIS IS AN ONLINE RETREAT ONLY. IF YOU WISH TO JOIN, PLEASE APPLY HERE TO PARTICIPATE THROUGH ZOOM. YOU WILL RECEIVE FURTHER UPDATE ON THE RETREAT LATER.
There is no charge for the retreat. Donations for the monastery are always welcome.
Welcome to sign up for the “Finding Joy in the Wholesome – A Three-Day Online Retreat with Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi”. Please see the following information to join the retreat online.
Note 1: Email reminder with the meeting information will be sent out a week before the retreat in the evening on Friday, 11/17, another email will be sent out in the evening on Thursday 11/23. The registration will be closed on 11/23 at 7pm. All are on Eastern Standard Time.
Note 2: Please be mindful of sharing the meeting information. It is strongly recommended if you would like to invite your friends or family members, please kindly register for them or to ask them to register online.
May you have a blissful day, looking forward to having you in the retreat!
The Buddhist Association of the United States