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Training of the Mind: 2012 New Year Resolution

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A few of the IMG members met severals days ago and decided that it is time to meet again. Starting January 2012 for every first Saturday of each month, IMG will join Ven. Katapunno's meditation class at the American Bodhi Center (ABC). RSVP by Wednesday next week (1/4/2012) if you are interested (email.



Ven. Katapunno was born in Malaysia and ordained when he was 21. He spent time as a monk in Thailand and Sri Lanka before coming to America. You might remember him last year when he lead IMG in a 15-day retreat. His meditation class at ABC is from 8:30 am to 4 pm. He is a wonderful teacher who can speak fluent English and Chinese and many people enjoys his Dharma talks.

15 Day Retreat 2011 December 3rd to December 18th

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The retreat was from Dec 4th to Dec 18th lead by well respected and beloved meditation master Ven. Seelananda. We had a total of 20 practitioners and some attended the full course while others were partial attendance. The first 7 days of the retreat Ven. Seelananda taught Anapana Meditation (Breath Meditation) and the remainder of the retreat he guided the teaching of vapassana (insight) meditation.


Bhikkhu T. Seelananda is a meditative monk living in US for about 10 years rendering a wonderful service by sharing the meditation technique of the Buddha (both Samatha and Vipassana). He is presently the Vice Abbot and Vice President of Bhavana Society Forest Monastery in West Virginia, which is the first theravada forest monastery in USA.

Bhikkhu Seelananda was ordained at the age of 11 and after completing his monastic training, received higher ordination in 1984 as a Theravada monk in Sri Lanka. He has successfully completed his university undergraduate - B.A. (Major - Buddhist Philo…

Retreat Registration

RETREAT APPLICATION FORM               活動期間(Time): May 25, 2012 7:00pm ~ May 28, 2012 3:00pm       報名截止日期(Due Date): May 20, 2012 靜修法會,以參加全程者為優先錄取。早上五點起床,晚上十點休息。靜修期間止語,不可外出或接電話,必須遵守每天的作息,若因故無法隨眾時,請經主持法師許可。因名額有限,報名後,若臨時因故不能參加時,請儘早通知本寺,以便後補者遞補。 Those who attend the entire retreat will get the first priority. Participants, will get up at 5:00am and sleep at 10:00pm. Participants should observe silence, are not permitted to go outside the temple, make phone calls or send faxes. Please follow the daily schedule. If you are not able to attend the retreat after registration, please notify us as soon as possible, so that standby applicant can attend. 姓名(中文): Name(English): 性別: Sex: 生日: Birth Date: 住址: Address: 電話 Phone(W):(        )_______________     Phone(H):(        )__________________    E-mail:_________________________              Fax# (         )__________________ 職業:: Occupation: 靜修期間,緊急狀況之聯絡人                                               姓名                                        電話 In case of emerge…

Retreat Notes

May 26-28 2012 3-Day Insight Meditation Retreat Welcome to the retreat. Please note the following: 1.  Check-in is on 5/25/2012 from 7:00pm to7:30pm. At 8:00pm on the checking day, there will be an orientation. If you cannot make it to the orientation, go to the administration office to check in and volunteers will assist you. 2.  During this retreat, please refrain from no direct contact with the outside world (noble silence, phone, email, fax, etc). 3.  During the retreat, we recommend that you take the Eight Precepts, so there will not be a formal dinner. However, there will be food for you if you needed it. 4.  Please wear comfortable clothes, but no shorts, short sleeveless shirt, or tight clothing.  Warm coat and comfortable shoes for outside walking meditation, etc 5.  Please bring your toiletries and sleeping bags, pillows, sheets, blankets. 6.  During the retreat, please let us know if we could be of any assistance. If you are taking medication, please remember to bring it. …

Consent Form

同 意 書 CONSENT AND RELEASE1、我聲明對於菩提中心於月份舉辦的靜修所規定的住宿規則、費用、程序、應負的責任,及可能發生的意外事項與後果,均充分了解,並且願意遵守合作。 I CERTIFY AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I have had the opportunity to fully read the Camp Rules of American Bodhi Center’s day Retreat (hereinafter to as “Retreat”), I HEREBY AGREE TO abide by the said rules. As a Retreat participant, I FULLY AWARE OF its cost, risks, obligations, procedures, benefits and consequences. 2、靜修期間,如果有身體不適、受傷或無法自我照顧等事項發生時,我願意授權給靜修會的承辦人員為我做合理與必要的緊急醫療措施。事後我與家人決定不會對菩提中心及其人員做任何形式的控訴。 I AUTHORIZE the staff and/or agents of the Retreat to provide to, obtain, designate, or authorize any reasonable and necessary medical treatment and/or emergency care for me, in the event of my illness, injury or incapacity. I AGREE TO release and forever discharge, indemnify and hold harmless the American Bodhi Center, and/or agents from any claim by myself or my family members arising out of the said illness, injury or incapacity. 3、我了解於靜修期間,在菩提中心或其他任何醫療機構所接受的合理與必要的診治,其費用均由我本人負責。我的保險公司是,我的保險卡號碼是。 I UN…