10-DAY Intensive Retreat: The Formless Mind with David Listen

Date & Time

57 days ago




AN INTENSIVE VIPASSANA MEDITATION RETREAT. Explore your mind through intensive meditation practice, based on teachings from the Diamond Sutra.

On this intensive retreat, free from the distractions of daily life, you'll have the opportunity to deepen your capacity for mental calm and clarity. With the support of strict regulations and sustained mindful practice, you'll have the opportunity to discover how your own views, habits, and preferences are the sources of suffering. If you apply the methods and concepts of the practice, you'll have the chance to experience freedom and ease of body and mind, by letting go of these burdens and relaxing into the present moment of the formless, free-flowing mind.

But you have to be willing to give up your attachments--by giving your body to the routine of retreat, and by giving your mind to the method!

To facilitate your exploration, David will give instructions based on the principles of the Diamond Sutra, one of the most influential texts of Mahayana Buddhism. The Sixth Ancestor of the Chan Tradition, Master Hui-Neng, advocated this teaching as an essential guide to liberative insight. Although the Diamond Sutra does not explicitly describe any method of practice per se, you will learn how to apply Chan meditation and mindfulness practices based on the sutra's key principle. This retreat is intensive--there are strict guidelines of noble silence (no talking), no cell phone use, and no leaving the retreat center grounds. It is recommended that participants have prior experience in meditation (e.g. having taken a class or meditate at home). ABOUT THE TEACHER: David Listen has been teaching Chan (Zen) meditation for over 10 years, leading numerous intensive meditation retreats, classes, and activities at various meditation centers, as well as teaching at many college campuses and private institutions throughout the U.S., Europe, and East Asia. Previously known as Venerable Chang Wen, he was one of the few western monastic disciples of Chan Master Sheng Yen. He had been a monk for over a decade, and has since returned to lay life to share Buddhism in his own creative way. David holds a BS in Environmental Studies, and is currently getting his MSEd in Mental Health Counseling. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and is working on translating Chan texts to English. He nowadays does life mentoring/coaching, continuing to guide people in their Chan Buddhist life practice on an individual and group basis. This retreat is a silent retreat. Advance registration is required for all participants. Attendance is required for the duration of the entire retreat. Registration to this retreat (or Eventbrite Ticket) does not reserve you a spot. A confirmation email will be sent to participants who have signed-up and completed all registration steps below, once their application has been approved by management. All others are to be considered on a waiting list. If you register to stay overnight and decide not to attend, please inform us as soon as possible, so another person on the waiting list may come in your place. HOW TO REGISTER:

  4. BEFORE THE RETREAT YOU WILL RECEIVE SCHEDULE AND WHAT TO BRING There is no price tag to participate in this retreat, because it is offered on a Dana (generosity) basis: please donate what you can and what you wish in order to make the program available to other people. Please note that if you register and do not attend without giving us sufficient notice, you may be blacklisted from future events.
tags: meditation, retreat, buddhism