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Mindfulness in Daily Life — cultivating a heart that’s ready for anything.


During this 3-day retreat at the Mt Adams Zen Buddhist Temple and Trout Lake Abbey, we will use the practices of mindfulness meditation (sitting and walking) and loving-kindness to open fully to our lives. Using the breath to stabilize the mind, we then use the mind’s natural state of openness, wakefulness, and acceptance to become intimate with our current state of suffering. Through meditation, we are developing our capacity to stay with our experiences of pain, rather than trying to fix or eliminate them. We can learn to use these inevitable difficulties to awaken our hearts and minds, so that we are prepared for anything in this life—even our own death. 


This retreat will include formal instruction on sitting and walking meditation for those new to the practice, with instructions on refining the technique for those who are looking to deepen their current practice. 


Both new and experienced meditators are welcome.


In addition to evening dharma talks with a focus on the Buddha’s teachings of the 4 Noble Truths, there will be opportunities for individual meetings with the teacher. Time will also be set aside for enjoying the incredible grounds of Trout Lake Abbey, which are especially beautiful in spring’s full bloom. 


About the Teacher:

August Jensen is a Dharma teacher at the Mt. Adams Zen Buddhist Temple, studying in the Vietnamese lineage with Thay Kozen. Previously, he studied in the secular tradition of Shambala, and graduated from Naropa—a Buddhist contemplative university in Boulder, Colorado. A psychotherapist in private practice, he integrates Buddhist practices with Western Psychology.


Retreat Costs:

Cost will include registration, lodging and dana. In order to keep this retreat affordable to all, we have broken apart the cost of attendance and lodging. Registration costs are separated into 3 tiers, and lodging will range from $25 to $130 per night, depending on where you choose to stay.  


Registration covers delicious vegetarian meals catered by the lovely Sara Mains of Salt Rose Kitchen.


Registration Tiers: 

  • Base –  $100
  • Supporter- $125
  • Sponsor- $150

Please pay what you can, the base price covers the bare minimum cost of running this retreat.  Anything paid at the supporter or sponsor levels, helps to cover the cost for others that may not be able to afford to attend.   No one is turned away for lack of funds, we would always rather have you than your money. 


How to Register 
Step one: Register on Give Lively
Step two: Book your lodging with Claire at 509.395.2030 or business@tlabbey.com


Lodging Options:

  • Camping- $25 per night
  • Shanti dorm style hut- $40 per night 
  • Meditation huts (single occupancy)- $55

     Private B&B rooms:

  • Garden Room (full bed) – $99 per night
  • Bunk room (full w/single above)- $99 per night
  • Man room (two single beds) – $105 per night
  • Woman room (queen bed) – $105 per night
  • Stoller (king bed with private bath)- $130 per night


Additional questions? Get in touch at 509.395.2030


What is Dana?   


It is important to know that our Dharma teachers receive no part of the retreat fees.


The custom of Dana, or generosity, set forth by the Buddha, is a compassionate, ethical practice based in the realization of interconnectedness, and a way that you can support a teacher and community of practice in sustaining the realization of Truth.  Our dharma teachers make a leap of faith with every retreat, offering their wisdom, compassion, time and life energies with no expectation of receiving anything in return. Their own practice involves living from a place of deep trust that those who value and practice the teachings will be inspired to help provide for their support, which allows them to continue to offer these priceless teachings. 


There will an opportunity to give dana at the retreat. The temple is a 501(c)3 tax exempt religious organization.  Donations made to the temple can be credited by the IRS as a donation and you may receive a deduction in your taxes.