Visiting the Monastery

August Day of Mindfulness August Day of Mindfulness

English speaking practice is held weekly on Tuesdays and on the first and third Saturdays of each month. Vietnamese speaking services are held on Sundays. These and other special events are listed below. See the contact page for location and directions.

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Every Tuesday Night Class from 5pm - 7pm in person and on Zoom.

MAY 2022
Saturday 7   - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness in Person & on Zoom
Saturday 21  - English Day of Silent Practice in Person & on Zoom
Sunday 29    - Buddha’s Birthday

JUNE 2022
Saturday 4    - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness in Person & on Zoom
Saturday 18  - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness in Person & on Zoom
Sunday 26    - Beginning Anew & Buddha’s name Recitation for Vietnamese speaking

JULY 2022
Saturday 2    - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness in Person & on Zoom
Saturday 16  - English Day of Silent Practice in Person & on Zoom
Sunday 31     - Beginning Anew & Buddha’s name Recitation for Vietnamese speaking

AUGUST 2022
Saturday 6    - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness in Person & on Zoom
Sunday 21    - Mother’s Day Celebration
Sunday 28    - Beginning Anew & Buddha’s name Recitation for Vietnamese speaking

SEPTEMBER 2022
Saturday 3    - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness in Person & on Zoom
Saturday 17  - English Day of Silent Practice in Person & on Zoom
Sunday 25    - Beginning Anew & Buddha’s name Recitation for Vietnamese speaking
 
OCTOBER 2022
Saturday 1    - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness in Person & on Zoom
Saturday 15  - English Day of Silent Practice in Person & on Zoom
Sunday 30    - Beginning Anew & Buddha’s name Recitation for Vietnamese speaking

NOVEMBER 2022
Saturday 5     - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness in Person & on Zoom
Thursday 24  - Thanksgiving Celebration and English-Speaking Day of Practice
Sunday 27     - Beginning Anew & Buddha’s name Recitation for Vietnamese speaking

DECEMBER 2022
Saturday 3    - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness in Person & on Zoom
Saturday 17  - English Day of Silent Practice in Person & on Zoom
Sunday 25    - Beginning Anew & Buddha’s name Recitation for Vietnamese speaking



Current Health (COVID-19) Guidelines

Part of the day will be outside; masks and physical distancing are encouraged. If you are feeling ill, please join us from home.

Please bring:
—a mask
—a water bottle
—a lunch/snacks
—layers of clothing and/or a blanket to help with fluctuating temperatures
—a cushion or something to sit on for sitting meditation
—a raincoat or umbrella in case of rain.

For the indoor portions of our practice, we have adopted the following guidelines:

1. Masks are optional. Because people have different risk factors, risk tolerance levels, and comfort levels with masks, we ask everyone to contribute to creating a space where all feel welcome and cared for and can benefit from being at the monastery in person.

2. Sit with distance between household groups.

3. Sign in and agree to let us know if you are later diagnosed with COVID-19 so that we can (anonymously) do contact tracing.

4. Join us from home if you are not feeling well, have conditions that cause you to be vulnerable to COVID-19 or if you have been exposed to someone who is currently ill or suspects they may have COVID-19. We feel this is a good lesson we have learned from the pandemic. Let us exercise caution if we are not feeling well, regardless of what the illness might be.

If you are not able to meet these guidelines, we encourage you to join us on Zoom for the Dharma talk. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation! ♥️

Typical Schedules for English Speaking Days

Tuesdays
5:00pm - Walking meditation
5:20pm - Break
5:30pm - Sitting meditation (also on Zoom)
6:00pm - Dharma talk and sharing (also on Zoom)
7:00pm - Depart

Saturdays
Day of Mindfulness.  First and Third Saturday of each month. Usually the third Saturday is a silent meditation day.

9:15am Arrival, meet outside
9:30am Mindful walking
10:00am Mindful sitting
10:30am Exercise/mindful walking to meditation hall
11:15am Dharma talk (also via Zoom)
12:30pm Lunch
1:15pm Mindful sitting
1:30pm Dharma sharing
2:30pm Depart


Typical Schedules for Vietnamese Speaking Days

Sundays
Start 11:00am
Sutra Chanting
Dharma Talk
Lunch

Students Walking

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Day of Mindfulness?

A day to take time to give full attention and care to ourselves by practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness is being present in each moment, being aware of what is happening in the here and in the now. We practice mindfulness through noble silence, conscious breathing, sitting mediation, walking meditation, and other activities. Enjoy Dharma teachings by Thay Tinh Man and guest speakers.

What should I bring?

What should I wear?

Loose comfortable clothes that cover your shoulders and knees. Dress in warm layers, as it may be cold in the meditation hall and outside. The monastery is in the mountains where it is often 10 degrees colder than Denver. Shoes are not worn inside. Many people wear sandals or other shoes that are easy to take on and off, and warm socks if your feet get cold.

What if I am new to the practice of Buddhism?

We warmly welcome beginners. Thay Tinh Man will guide you and help you. He is happy to answer any questions that you may have. Just come with an open heart. We are all here to share and to learn.

What if my back hurts after sitting for just a few minutes of sitting meditation?

Please feel free to slowly and mindfully adjust your position and stretch. Chairs are also available.

Is there a cost for the event?

Donations are greatly appreciated, but not required. Tax deductible receipts are available upon request. Your generosity in providing a donation ("dana") for the Monastery is gratefully accepted and encouraged. Your kind donation helps support the activities of the Monastery (e.g., defray the costs associated with the space, activities, food and beverages) and is greatly appreciated.

Are children welcomed?

Children are always welcomed to visit the monastery and we ask that parents look after their children at all times. We do not currently have a formal children’s program; however, one is in our future plans.

How do I address a monk or nun?

Thay (rhymes with play) is Vietnamese for "teacher" and can be used to address any of the monks at the monastery. The Abbot's name, "Tinh Man" translates to "complete stillness" in English. To address a specific monk, you may use just the title Thay or both their title and name, such as Thay Tinh Man. Nuns are addressed by the title Sư Cô and their name.