This year's summer retreat was held at Sea to Sky Retreat Center. The beautiful setting with views of an emerald lake and mountain peaks was very conducive to relaxed
intensive practice. Master Guo Jun reviewed techniques taught last year and progressed us along with even more tools and inspiration. We were encouraged to connect with ourselves and with the environment. There was a new twist with the teacher interviews
as they were conducted outside under the huge pine trees. Also, we had lots of opportunity to experience hiking with our open and settled minds and on the last morning together we ventured up to a peak for sunrise.
Master Guo Jun indicated that he feels the community has progressed to the point that we should begin to offer longer retreats and that he hopes to be able to return next summer for a longer period.
7-day Meditation practice and Hiking Chan (July 17-23, 2013)
(Please click on the picture for more detail.)
Art Chan workshop and Dharma talk (July 26-28, 2013)
* 2012 retreat flash back
is available here: Master Guo Jun in Vancouver, 2012
Quote from Chan Master Guo Jun:
"Sitting itself will not give you enlightenment. Meditation will not give it to you. It will only lead you to the brink. Retreating from the world will not liberate you. Happiness is not found in a secluded forest hut or an isolated cave.
Enlightenment comes when you connect to the world. Only when you truly connect with everyone and everything else do you become enlightened. Only by going deeply and fully into the world do you attain liberation. This is the meaning of the star-the sudden illumination of our connection to the rest of the universe."
~"Essential Chan Buddhism" by Guo Jun~