March Weekend Retreat
Retreat with Ven. Thuan Bach, Ben Connelly, and Ven. Dang Huy
Offered Online and In Person
Please join in this joint Soto Zen, Bamboo Forest Zen retreat. We will receive teachings and experience practices of Japanese and Vietnamese Zen traditions which share deep commonalities and rich differences. This retreat includes sitting and walking meditation, brief rituals, dharma talks, mindful movement practices, and noble silence. Three silent meals are served on Saturday, and two on Sunday, for in-person participants. We will offer an optional, informal community meal on Friday at 5:30 p.m. for folks from our different communities to get to know each other.
This retreats begin at 7:00 on Friday evening with an orientation and meditation ending at 9 p.m. All participants must attend the orientation.
Suggested Donation for In-Person Participation:
$75 for Saturday 5:45 a.m. - 9 p.m.
$55 for Sunday 5:45 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Suggested Donation for Online Participation:
$55 for Saturday 5:45 a.m. - 9 p.m.
$45 for Sunday 5:45 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Please consider including an additional donation (dana) to support our visiting teachers, and MZMC's ability to host visiting teachers. Thank you very much!
A Note About Donation-only Programming
Following the Buddhist tradition of dana, or giving, MZMC offers all of our programs on a donation basis. We offer a suggested donation amount to help people understand the average amount we hope to receive to continue to make these offerings. We encourage those with more capacity for giving to make a donation above the suggested amount to support those who need to give a smaller amount.
Ven. Thuan Bach (photo on the left)
Bikkhuni Thich Nu Thuan Bach is currently a Zen Teacher at Dieu Nhan Zen Monastery near Sacramento. She was ordained in 1986 by the Most Venerable Thich Thanh Tu who revived the Vietnamese Zen tradition. Her strong faith and intense Zen monastic training deepened her understanding of the Dharma, resulting in roles such as former abbess of the Dieu Nhan Zen Monastery and dharma teacher for many monastics and various Buddhist schools. She also led numerous Zen retreats for lay people around the world.
Venerable Thuan Bach was born in 1945 in Vietnam and came to the US in 2000. She holds a BS in Chemistry from University of Saigon; she is also fluent in French.
About Ven. Dang Huy:
Ven. Thich Dang Huy grew up in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States in his early 20’s. He studied counseling in the United States and was ordained as a monk in his mid-20’s. He has been practicing at the Dai Dang Monastery in San Diego, California, for twenty years and in 2021, he became abbot. Ven. Dang Huy aspires to continue his root teacher’s legacy in creating and maintaining favorable conditions for monastics, lay practitioners, and children to practice Zen Buddhism in the Vietnamese Zen Bamboo Forest Tradition.