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In this newsletter:

  • Announcing the Spring 2017 Living the Practice program March 11 - April 1, 2017.
  • Save the date for summer retreat July 22-29, 2017.
  • Dharma reflections and photos from the Adulting in the Dharma retreat.
  • Reflections and photos from participants in the fall Living the Practice program.
  • Essay on hardship on the path to awakening.
  • Upcoming events.

Questions or suggestions? Don't hesitate to reach out.

March 11 - April 1, 2017

City of Ten Thousand Buddhas

What? The program integrates spiritual practice, academic study, and community service.
Who? Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners.
Detailed information, cost and application

Save the date: 

July 22-29, 2017

Summer meditation retreat at the Sudhana Center in Ukiah, CA. Led by Dharma Master Chih and Doug Powers.

More information to follow.
Reflection from Fall Living the Practice Program

"Applying what I learned to daily life"
by Mei Li

"Somewhere in my youth or childhood. I must have done something good," reflecting on my participation in the Living the Practice Program, this verse comes to my mind. It is from the movie The Sound of Music; Maria sang it when she married the Captain. It was a great blessing to have accidentally joined this wonderful program.

I am new to Buddhism. Despite this being my first visit, CTTB felt like home. I met many friendly and wise people, practiced in a clean and beautiful environment, and ate delicious vegetarian food. Every moment was enjoyable: attending the Guan Yin retreat, working in the kitchen, discussing the Dharma and writing in classes, watching webcasts, meditating, doing yoga, and watching movies. The unique opportunity to attend some of the taping of the interviews with the early disciples of Master Hua was quite a treat.

The program was well-designed, like a tasty and nutritious sampler of authentic Buddhism. Questions around life-and-death were on my mind as I decided to attend my friend's funeral before coming to CTTB. From the program, I had the chance to study the Buddha’s words directly. All the teachers, staff, and students were wonderful and made the Buddha's teachings accessible and engaging. Here are some highlights that I learned and can apply to daily life... continue reading this reflection.

Photos from Adulting in the Dharma Retreat
Adulting in the Dharma Reflections

How does one become an adult in modern society?
By Cynthia Chang
Read reflection

Spring Guan Yin Retreat

March 11 - 19, 2017

Come join us for one week of intensive recitation and meditation practice in a monastic environment.
Learn more and register
Understanding Hardship on the Path to Awakening
by Meghan Sweet

An essay looking at how great contemporary Buddhist masters Ven. Hsu Yun and Ajahn Mun practiced and related to hardship.

Read essay
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