Since you may have the wonderful karma to be new to Buddhism or meditation before attending this event, here are some common questions we’ve heard from those coming to a retreat for the first time. If you still have a question after reading the FAQs below, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Do I have to be a Buddhist to attend?

No. Anyone can learn basic meditation and experience the benefits. Buddhism is a non-evangelical religion. Buddhists respect all people and are happy to help anyone regardless of whether they subscribe to another faith, or to none. No previous meditation experience is required!

Is there any physical exercise involved?

No. There is no physical activity or movement involved in the Celebration sessions.

What do I need to bring?

You may wish to bring your own copy of any prayer booklets being used. You’re welcome to bring a notebook and writing tool for taking notes. There is no need to bring a meditation cushion or mat, as we provide chairs.

Is there a dress code?

Dress is casual so you can wear whatever you like.

Are there any special rules to be aware of?

We are very informal and accepting; however, there are some courtesies that it is thoughtful to observe:

    • Please practice compassion by not using strongly scented personal care products or perfumes.
    • Remove hats and shoes before entering the meditation room.
    • Turn off cell phones, pagers, and other noise-making devices.
    • Avoid placing Dharma books or prayer guides (sadhanas) on the floor.
    • Please stand when the Teacher enters the room.
What is meditation?

Meditation is a special method for familiarizing our mind with positivity, or virtue. The more familiar our mind is with positivity, the calmer and more peaceful it becomes. When our mind is peaceful, we are free from stress and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness.