The annual Winter Retreat is a time of preparation for the Tibetan New Year - The Year of the Water Snake, which begins on Shambhala Day, Feb. 11.
The retreat can also be a time to deepen one's practice with longer sitting meditation periods and readings for contemplation.
We gather from 6 to 9 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends so that people do not have to miss work to attend. An oryoki lunch will be served on weekends for a small fee to cover costs. Most will not be able to attend all of the sessions, but you're invited to attend as many as you can.
All meditation periods end the day with closing chants, including a repeated chant to pacify any negative energy from the year. So actual sitting will end at 5:30 on weekend nights and 8:30 on weeknights.
If you will be coming for any of the weekend lunches, please contact Janet Bronstein at firstname.lastname@example.org or 205-595-1688.