On this last evening of the year, you are invited to join the BSBC community for a rare and lovely opportunity to engage in extended meditation practice with our sangha. The retreat will be from 7 pm to 12 am. Everyone is welcome to come for the whole or part of the evening.
The retreat will include guided meditation instructions, chanting, alternating sitting movement and walking meditation periods, and a time for sharing poems, readings and reflections.
Sangha member and long-time practitioner Jeanne Reis will lead the retreat with BSBC founder James Reis who now reside in Boston.
If you aren’t able to arrive at 7 pm, you may either time your arrival to coincide with a walking session or enter quietly if the group is sitting. If a sitting is in progress, choose a spot in the back of the hall, then feel free move to a preferred spot during the next walking session. There will be chanting sessions at the beginning and end of the evening; chanting sheets will be provided.
You may bring a favorite poem, reading, and snack to share at teatime, if you wish.
Suggested donation is $10 to cover the cost of reserving the meetinghouse
Tentative Evening Schedule:
7:00-7:30pm Welcome, settle in, quiet sitting
7:30 – 8:00pm Walking
8:00 – 8:40 pm Opening session and Bells Meditation chanting
8:40 – 9:00 pm Walking session* (instructions available)
9:00 – 9:30 pm Quiet Meditation
9:30 – 10:00 pm Tea: share readings, poems, intentions
10:00 – 10:30 pm Mindful Movement
10:30 – 11:45 pm Alternating quiet sitting and walking
11:45 – 12:00 am Closing and final chant
*You may opt to continue sitting during walking sessions, if you wish