Update for retreatants March 31-April 2

(Quiet Mind Sangha members please note – there will not be a regular Sangha meeting on Sunday April 2 because of the retreat).

Dear Retreatants,

We are looking forward to seeing you this Friday evening for the start of the upcoming retreat. 

If you have a favorite cushion to sit on, please bring it (we have chairs but don’t have cushions to provide). If you’d like to participate in the optional Calligraphy Meditation please bring painting clothes (the ink doesn’t wash out!). Friday evening check-in starts at 5:00, and a light dinner (wraps) will be provided. The introductory meeting with our respected teachers Terry Cortes-Vega and Nhu Mai Nguyen will start at 7:00. Here’s a slightly updated schedule, subject to change, and list of recommended things to bring. 

Deep Listening: A Path to Understanding

Buddhist Retreat


In the tradition of Plum Village (as established by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh)

at the Norbertine Retreat Center, 5825 Coors Blvd. SW, ABQ, NM 

Directions: From I-40 go south on Coors Blvd. (NM 45) about 9 miles (past Pajarito Rd.), then turn right where there’s a sign to the Norbertine Center. Follow road to parking lot.

The retreat will run from an introductory meeting Friday evening through about noon Sunday. Sunday morning the formal ceremony to receive the Five Mindfulness Trainings will be offered. Registration for attendance is full at our maximum of 40 people (determined by the meeting room size), and all on-site bedrooms available have been reserved.  

Led by Terry Cortes-Vega, resident Dharma teacher from Plum Blossom Sangha in Austin (plumblossomsangha.wordpress.com) with assistance from the talented musician Nhu Mai Nguyen. The theme is deep listening to heal ourselves, all beings, and our planet. Simple meals are included with registration fee (vegetarian with vegan option), including dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. Sunday lunch after the retreat ends will be on your own. 

Here’s a slightly updated schedule, subject to modification. Please note that events are optional – breaks and personal time can be taken when desired. 

Friday March 31: 5:00-7:00 p.m. Arrive, check in, get room if reserved, have light dinner provided. 7:00-8:00 Welcome, orientation, singing. 8:00-9:00 Dharma talk and meditation.

Saturday April 1: 6:30-6:45 a.m. Mindful movements. 6:45-7:45 Morning Chant, Sutra reading, sit/walk/sit. 7:45-8:45 Breakfast. 8:45-10:00 Singing and Dharma talk: Listening to Yourself. 10:00-11:00 Outdoor walking. 11:00-12:00 Calligraphy/consultations. 12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch. 1:00-2:00 Guided deep relaxation/consultations, 2:00-3:00 Beginning Anew. 3:00-5:00 Family Dharma discussion (including Five Mindfulness Trainings). 5:00-6:00 Dinner. 6:00-7:00 Sing, dance, play. 7:00-8:00 Dharma talk: Listening to Others, meditation. 8:00-9:00 Evening walk, orientation for those formally receiving the Five Mindfulness Trainings. 

Sunday April 2:  6:45-8:00 a.m. Five Mindfulness Trainings Transmission Ceremony. 8:00-9:00 Breakfast. 9:00-10:00 Singing, Dharma talk: Listening to the Earth, meditation. 10:00-11:30 Family Dharma Discussion. 11:30 Closing Circle.

Please bring your own cup, water bottle, cloth napkin, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, jacket in case of cool weather, yoga mat, favorite cushion(s) if desired, and painting clothes if you’d like to do the calligraphy meditation

Service animals only, and children can visit only during the day under direct supervision (no day care is provided and the insurance does not allow overnight stays by children). Masks are optional. We look forward to seeing all registered retreatants this Friday evening!

With metta,


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