by Lisa Furtado for The Wild East
Silence is a wonderful way to reconnect with one’s true self. When you take the time to be fully present in an environment of few distractions, it’s possible to connect with the peace and tranquility that resides within. This getaway offers a much-needed breather from the high energy environment of daily life.
Although the main focus is silence there will also be an opportunity for open discussion about people’s experiences during the retreat, as well as a chance to peer briefly into core principles of Buddhism and get a taste of modern-day monastic living.
When: December 17th – 19th, 2010 (Friday night to Sunday afternoon)
Where: Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Da Shu, Kaohsiung County
Cost: 2000NT (about US$70) covers both food and lodging
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: December 12th, 2010
What to bring: comfortable/seasonal (modest) clothing, writing materials, camera, walking shoes, cap, sunglasses, towel, thermos\cup.
What Not to bring: alcohol, perfume/cologne, make up (basic skin care okay), electronic devices (must be turned off throughout silence segments – includes evening time)
Watch this short video about the Silent Retreat.