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Yogacara Retreat

July 23, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Saturday July 23, 2016 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Mid-America Buddhist Association Monastery

via Hwy. 94 and Schindler Rd. – Augusta, MO (35 minutes from Chesterfield)

www.maba-usa.org for directions and information


Introduction to the Consciousness-Only School

Chéng wéishí lùn成唯識論

This retreat is a way for both beginners and more experienced people to learn about Yogacara practice. In Mahayana Buddhism, there are two major methodologies: Madhyamika and Yogacara. Chan (Zen) and Tibetan Buddhism are both a synthesis of these two methods. We will learn to deepen our understanding of how to practice mindfulness meditation is a very direct way.

This one day mini-retreat will allow us to learn about the Yogacara method and how to integrate this Consciousness-Only perspective in our lives.   During periods of meditation we will practice letting go of our clinging and opening our minds to things as they are.  An afternoon period of discussion will help us to understand the Buddhist teaching on Mind-Only.  Periods of Noble Silence will be observed during lunch and during the meditations. 

 Handouts will be sent out before the retreat to help attendees with an orientation about Yogâcāra.

 Tentative Schedule

  • 8:15  Arrival and Registration
  • 8:30  Introduction to MABA and to Meditation Practice from the YogâcāraMethod 
  • 9:00  Walking Meditation
  • 9:15    Sitting Meditation
  • 9:55  Dharma talk on the background and significance of the Cheng weishi lun:  What does consciousness-only mean? How does this perspective change how we live our lives?
  • 10:15  Break
  • 10:25  Dharma talk on accessing the Cheng weishi lun
  • 11:10  Sitting Meditation 
  • ***********11:45 am to 1:15 pm  Vegetarian Lunch and clean-up***********
  • 1:20  Dharma talk on the 8 levels of consciousness       
  • 2:00  Sitting Meditation
  • 2:30  Walking Meditation
  • 2:45  Break
  • 3:00  Sitting Meditation
  • 3:30  Discussion on the teachings of Xuanzang (2 groups, beginners and more experienced)    
  • 4:10  Dedication of Merit and Closing
  • 4:10-4:30  Clean up of Meditation Hall and other chores


Pre-Registration is required.  Please contact donshushu@cbt-stl.com to pre-register. 

Camping is possible. No overnight indoor space available due to the construction on the new dormitory.

Kindly RSVP to this event by emailing Don Sloane (Xiankuan) at donshushu@cbt-stl.com.

Retreat Fee:

Please remit payment to attend this retreat. A minimum donation of $35 is recommended. Please include receipt of payment in your RSVP email. If you are financially unable to contribute and would still like to attend this retreat, please mention that in your RSVP and MABA will negotiate a trade in manpower.


July 23, 2016
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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