Summer Retreat Aug 19 – 21st 2022

Hello everyone –

We are hoping to finally be able to go to Mill Hollow Education Center in the beautiful Uinta mountains for our retreat this year.  We are so looking forward to coming together as we exit the pandemic. There is a lot of information here so please scroll down.

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The Retreat is an opportunity for you to “retreat” from the world and focus on your inner world and the world of oneness. One of the ways we do that is by practicing “Noble Silence”.

A Chance to Walk in Silence

“In silence we realize that we breathe with the world.” G.M. Kubose

One of the continual practices that we will do during the retreat is Noble Silence. Once the retreat begins, retreatants agree to limit their talking solely to necessary speech, such as speaking during a discussion group, or asking a question. Noble Silence is a form of mindfulness itself. Not speaking or hearing others speak creates a pervasive silence that serves as a foundation for meditation practice and creates a palpable and nourishing atmosphere of stillness which fosters deep listening. You will be amazed at how close you will feel to those that are sitting with you saying nothing.

We are Looking for Volunteers to help make our retreat a success – Please click here

Here are some images from our past retreats

Map to our retreat location 7483 S Ml Hollow Rd, Heber City, UT 84032

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This will be an eventful retreat with plenty of opportunities to deepen your practice and reconnect with your community.

One of the things you will notice this year is that our costs have increased over the last retreat. The main reasons for this are that we are looking for a new home, one that we can have 24/7, and that means morning meditation every morning and evening sangha for those that can’t make it on Sundays, potlucks, workshops, and a place we can call home and deepen our practice. I like to think of it as our own little pure land. The additional cost will help us fund this next step in our community evolution. Over the years, many have commented on how little we charge for a two and half-day retreat that includes room and food. Our goal is always to keep it affordable, and as most retreats go, our costs are substantially lower. For those on limited budgets, we understand that paying for a retreat can be challenging. No one should ever be turned away because of money. The Salt Lake Buddhist Fellowship has never turned someone in the community away. There is a pay what you can scholarship available, and the only thing we will ask of you is some sweat equity during the retreat itself.

Covid Mitigation

Our most important priority is to make sure everyone is safe. Our state is still in a high level of infection; therefore, we ask that everyone who attends be up today on your vaccinations and boosters. In addition, all indoor activities will be masked until further notice. Meals will be served indoors but can be taken outdoors to eat for that not comfortable eating indoors. We have acquired more sleeping areas than we require to lower the number of people sleeping in the same building.

Tents and Bunks

Those that are planning on staying in a tent. There are a few things to consider. Most of the property is on a hill, and semi-level spots for a tent are at a premium. Larger tents are discouraged unless you are willing to have multiple people stay in them with you. It will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, so do not be late. The property owner lets us on-site at 3 pm exactly. We have three bunkhouses for the rest of you (60 bunks: 1-coed, 1 male, 1 female). There are showers and restrooms in them. You will need to bring bedding and a blanket. It can get chilly at night.

Volunteer Opportunities

We have opportunities for you to be active in creating our space for the retreat and for feeding one another. Working can be a mindfulness activity. As Sunryu Suzuki used to teach, mediation and working are the same things. More information and a signup sheet will be going out soon.

Becoming a Buddhist

If you are planning or considering being a part of our Ti Sarana Ceremony and officially becoming a Buddhist, please reach out to me as soon as possible.

General Guidelines for Summer Retreat 2022

The Retreat is an opportunity for you to “retreat” from the world and focus on your inner world and the world of oneness. The guidelines will help to cultivate an open and nourishing environment to help facilitate this aspiration. There is no cell service or internet. The location host will have a satellite phone for emergencies.

Practicing Noble Silence

“Outward silence supports inner listening,” James Finley,

One of the continual practices that we will do during the retreat is Noble Silence. Once the formal retreat begins on Friday evening,  retreatants agree to limit their talking solely to necessary speech, such as speaking during a discussion group or asking a question. Noble Silence is a form of mindfulness itself. Not speaking or hearing others speak creates a pervasive silence that serves as a foundation for meditation practice and creates a palpable and nourishing atmosphere of stillness which fosters deep listening and cultivates intimacy. 

Silence at a Premium

Practice all activities as quietly as possible. Open and close doors gently, slowly and mindfully to minimize noises. Our meals will be shared in silence, so remember to eat quietly.

Practice Bowing

Another practice is bowing, Bow before and after each sitting meditation, each Dharma talk, and before and after each meal, to display gratitude and humility. Try to bowing slightly whenever entering or leaving the sanctuary.

General Guidelines

Bring a journal of some sort with a couple of writing instruments. We will be participating in some gratitude practices, and extended meditations.

  • Write about what you are grateful for?
  • Write about any insights that arise during the retreat
  • Write down any aspiration that arises.
  • If taking refuge – reflect on taking refuge and what arises after you have completed the Ti-Sarna ceremony.

Logistics

  • Please wear comfortable meditation clothes (suggest shoes without laces), sweater,
  • In order to reduce waste, please bring a reusable water bottle
  • ●     No food or drink during discourses (except water).
  • If you have a meditation cushion (or blankets for sitting) please bring it to the retreat (we will have 30+  on hand for those who do not have cushions and chairs for those who need them).
  • For those spending the night, please prepare a sleeping bag (or blanket and sheets), pillow and pillowcase, slippers; also personal toiletries and medicine; ID and health insurance card, earplugs.( see Do’s and Don’ts)
  • For those participating in the Ti Sarana ceremony, please bring a stone or rock to represent your life before the dharma.
  • For those participating in the Ti Sarana ceremony, please have any visitors arrive no later than 12:00 PM.

Note: The Salt Lake Buddhist Fellowship is not responsible for the loss of any personal belongings, so please leave any valuables at home.