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 2020
Saturday, 4 - New Year Celebration
Saturday 18 - English Day of Silent Practice
Saturday 25 - Vietnamese New year
Sunday 26 - Vietnamese New year

FEBRUARY 2020
Saturday 1 - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Saturday 15 - English Day of Silent Practice
Saturday 29 - Vietnamese Speaking Day of Mindfulness

MARCH 2020
Saturday 7 - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Saturday 21 - English Day of Silent Practice
Saturday 28 - Vietnamese Speaking Day of Mindfulness

APRIL 2020
Saturday 4 - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Thursday 16 - Saturday 19 - English Silent Retreat
Saturday, 25 - Fundraising for Monastery

MAY 2020
Saturday 2 - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Saturday 16 - English Day of Silent Practice
Saturday 30 - Vietnamese Speaking Day of Mindfulness

JUNE 2020
Saturday 6 - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Friday 12 - Sunday 14 - Vietnamese Retreat and Buddha’s Birthday
Saturday 20 - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Saturday 27 - Vietnamese Speaking Day of Mindfulness

JULY 2020
Saturday 4 - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Saturday 18 - English Day of Silent Practice
Saturday 25 - Vietnamese Speaking Day of Mindfulness

AUGUST 2020
Saturday 1 - Sunday 2 - Avalokita Ceremony and Vietnamese Retreat
Saturday 22 - English Day of Silent Practice
Saturday 28 - Vietnamese Speaking Day of Mindfulness

SEPTEMBER 2020
Friday 4 - Sunday 7 - Vietnamese retreat and Mother’s Day
Saturday 19 - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Saturday 26 - Vietnamese Speaking Day of Mindfulness

OCTOBER 2020
Thursday 1 - Sunday 4 - English Silent Retreat
Saturday 17 - English and Vietnamese Day of Silent Practice
Saturday 31 - Vietnamese Speaking Day of Mindfulness

NOVEMBER 2020
Saturday 7 - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Thursday 26 - Thanksgiving Celebration and English-Speaking Day of Practice
Saturday 28 - Vietnamese Speaking Day of Mindfulness

DECEMBER 2020
Saturday 5 - English Speaking Day of Mindfulness
Saturday 19 - English Day of Silent Practice
Saturday 26 - Vietnamese Speaking Day of Mindfulness

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

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.