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“Just as a line drawn on water with a stick will quickly vanish and will not last long; even so, brahmins, is human life like a line drawn on water. It is short, limited, and brief; it is full of suffering. One should do good and live a pure life; for none who is born can escape death.”
~ The Buddha
AN 7:70

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Visiting

Between public retreats, the Bhavana Society is open to visitors who would like to share the experience of monastery life for a short time.  By visiting you will experience a taste of the benefits of monastic life without having to make a life long commitment.

Visitors participate in the daily routines of the monastery.  We wake in the morning for silent meditation at 5 am.  This meditation is followed by chanting in Pali, the language of the Buddhist texts.  We do this chanting to set the intention for the day’s activities.  It reminds us that we have dedicated our lives…(read more)