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“Now this, monks, is the noble truth of suffering: birth is suffering, aging is suffering, illness is suffering, death is suffering; union with what is displeasing is suffering; seperation from what is pleasing is suffering… in brief, the five aggregates subject to clinging are suffering.”
~ The Buddha
SN 56:11

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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)