What should I expect when I arrive for a virtual sitting?
We start promptly at 7:05p each Monday evening. Get into the Zoom Room earlier than this since we will lock the room once Michael joins us for his intro talk.
The schedule of each sitting is simple:
- We simply try to quiet down while you wait for Michael to enter the Zoom Room and give a quick introductory talk.
- We meditate for around thirty minutes.
- We listen to Michael’s talk more detailed talk.
- We have a question and answer session until about 8:30pm.
What does the word sangha mean?
It’s a Sanskrit word that means something like “group”. This can be a small sitting group like ours or as big as the global community. Regardless, it’s all sangha.
Are you a Buddhist organization?
Why is everyone so quiet before the meditation period begins?
Do I need to get my own sitting cushion?
Is there really a difference between sitting on a chair and sitting on the floor?
What if I feel I can't continue during a meditation session?
Is it possible to watch Michael's talks online?
What do you do with the donation that I make?
Do you share any of the mailing list information that I offered?
What should I expect if I attend a One Day Intensive?
What should I expect if I attend one of the Weekend Retreats?
Because the schedule is a vital part of the retreat container, if you cannot arrive on time and plan to stay through the end, you should not attend the retreat. This shared commitment supports the group as a whole to experience the depth of our time together.
Day 1: Check-in is 3-5 PM. After check-in, there is a dinner break followed by a retreat orientation and a short dharma talk.
Daily Activities: Each full day of retreat begins at 6:00 AM and ends at 9:30 PM. Each day includes several periods of meditation, 2 dharma talks followed by a Q & A session, and 3 meal breaks.
Last Day: The retreat officially ends just before lunch.