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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Event Calendar

JANUARY 2017
Sunday, 1 - New Year Celebration & English Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Saturday, 21 - English Day of Silent Practice
Saturday, 28 - Vietnamese New Year Celebration
Sunday, 29 - Vietnamese (Lunar) New Year Celebration

FEBRUARY 2017
Saturday, 4 - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Sunday, 5 - Vietnamese Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Saturday, 18 - English Day of Silent Practice
Sunday, 26 - Beginning Anew, Buddha’s name and Five Mindfulness Recitation for Vietnamese speaking

MARCH 2017
Saturday, 4 - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Sunday, 5 - Vietnamese Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Saturday, 18 - English Day of Silent Practice
Sunday, 26 - Beginning Anew, Buddha’s name and Five Mindfulness Recitation for Vietnamese speaking

APRIL 2017
Saturday, 1 - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Sunday, 2 - Vietnamese Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Saturday, 15 - English Day of Silent Practice

MAY 2017
Saturday, 6 - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Sunday, 7 - Vietnamese Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Saturday, 20 - English Day of Silent Practice
Sunday, 21 - Buddha’s Birthday Celebration
Thursday, 25 > Saturday 27 - Vietnamese Retreat

JUNE 2017
Saturday, 3 - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Sunday, 4 - Vietnamese Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Thursday, 8 > Sunday, 11 - English Retreat See Flyer
Sunday, 17 - English Day of Silent Practice
Sunday, 25 - Beginning Anew, Buddha’s name and Five Mindfulness Recitation for Vietnamese speaking

JULY 2017
Saturday, 1 - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Thursday, 7- Sunday, 9 - Vietnamese retreat
Saturday, 15 - English Day of Silent Practice
Sunday, 30 - Beginning Anew, Buddha’s name and Five Mindfulness
Recitation for Vietnamese speaking

AUGUST 2017
Saturday, 5 - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Sunday, 6 - Vietnamese Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Saturday, 19 - English Day of Silent Practice
Friday, 25 > Saturday 26 - Vietnamese Retreat
Sunday 27 - Vietnamese Mother’s Day Celebration

SEPTEMBER 2017
Saturday, 2 - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Sunday, 3 - Vietnamese Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Tuesday, 12 > Tuesday, 19 - Monastic Retreat
Saturday, 23 - English Day of Silent Practice
Sunday, 24 - Beginning Anew, Buddha’s name and Five Mindfulness Recitation for Vietnamese speaking

OCTOBER 2017
Sunday, 1 - Full Moon Festival
Saturday, 7 - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Sunday, 8 - Vietnamese Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Saturday, 21 - English and Vietnamese Day of Silent Practice
Sunday, 29 - Beginning Anew, Buddha’s name and Five Mindfulness Recitation for Vietnamese speaking

NOVEMBER 2017
Saturday, 4 - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Sunday, 5 - Vietnamese Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Saturday, 18 - English Day of Silent Practice
Thursday, 23 - Thanksgiving Celebration and English Speaking Day of Practice
Sunday, 26 - Beginning Anew, Buddha’s name and Five Mindfulness Recitation for Vietnamese speaking

DECEMBER 2017
Saturday, 2 - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Sunday, 3 - Vietnamese Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Saturday, 16 - English Day of Silent Practice
Sunday, 31 - End of the Year Gathering

Typical Schedules for English Speaking Days

Tuesdays
5:00 PM - Dharma talk
6:30 PM - Sitting meditation, chanting, Dharma reading
8:00 PM - Dinner
9:00 PM - Cleanup and ending

Saturdays
The third Sat. of each month is a silent mediation day, the first Sat. of each month is:

9:30 AM - Sitting meditation
10:00 AM - Break
10:15 AM - Singing, yoga, walking meditation
11:30 AM - Dharma talk
12:30 PM - Lunch
1:30 PM - Total relaxation
2:30 PM - Sitting meditation
3:00 PM - Tea meditation, Dharma discussion
4:00 PM - Ending

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.