Maple Forest Update

Twelve monks and twelve nuns are now residing in Vermont for the Winter Retreat. We are also expanding our guest facilities. The Winter Retreat is a wonderful opportunity to deepen your practice and understanding of the Dharma. It began November 15 and will continue until February 18. The daily schedule includes sitting and walking meditation, working in mindfulness, sutra chanting, and mindful meals. Days of Mindfulness are observed Thursdays (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) and Sundays (10 a.m.-4.30 p.m.). Every first Saturday of the month is Children's Day (10 a.m.- 3 p.m.) with a children 's Dharma Talk and activities such as drawing, singing, tea meditation, learning to invite the bell, and walking with the monks and nuns. A young monk or nun usually coordinates the activities.

On the last Saturday in the month, people can come and offer their work for projects in the house and garden. You are very welcome to come and work with us on Saturday and stay the night for the Day of Mindfulness on Sunday. If you would like to stay with us, please write in advance. You can come most easily by private car. We can also arrange to collect you from Hanover, New Hampshire or White River Junction, Vermont if you arrive at a suitable time. A suggested donation of $25 per day per person covers room, board, and any teachings. Recently videotaped Dharma Talks by Thay are cUlTently being viewed on Days of Mindfulness at Green Mountain Dharma Center.

Please bring a sleeping bag; we supply only a mattress. Warm clothes and warm footwear are highly recommended Please bring stereo headphones for the English translation of Thay's Dharma Talk. We very much look forward to seeing you in Vermont and hope that we shall be receiving guests from all parts of North America.

We feel that we are just another hamlet of Plum Village--on the other shore of the Atlantic. We offer the same practices as those offered in Plum Village and are closely in touch with developments there. Th§.y visits us every year and at the same time, offers two retreats in the Northeast as well as Public Talks.

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For women's accommodations, please write to Guest Mistress, P.O. Box 182, Hartland-Four Corners, VT, 05049, USA; Tel: (802)436-1102. For men's or couple's accommodations, please write to the Brother Phap Dung, P.O. Box 354, South Woodstock, VT, 05071 -0354, USA; Tel: (802)457-2786. If you wish to be on our mailing list, please write to either address.

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