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January Retreat

posted Nov 3, 2011, 10:45 AM by Five Stones   [ updated Nov 3, 2011, 10:45 AM ]
Dear Friends, 

Here are two versions of the announcement and registration forms for the MCPS Winter Retreat at Camp Indianola.  To ride-share with others from Five Stones email:  peacefulstep@gmail.com. 


Being on Retreat
On retreat, we enjoy sitting, walking, eating and working together in mindfulness with periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks, teacher/student interviews, Dharma study groups and walking meditation on the beach and in the woods. The retreat will be held primarily in Noble Silence to support our practice. A week-long retreat offers a highly beneficial opportunity to deepen our practice as a Sangha community.
Our Teacher
Eileen , has practiced Zen meditation for over 30 years and has studied with Robert Aitken Roshi and Thich Nhat Hanh for over 25 years. She was given Dharma transmission by Thich Nhat Hanh in 1990 with the Dharma name “True Lamp”.  Eileen is the guiding teacher for the Mindfulness Community of Puget Sound (MCPS) and other mindfulness sanghas in the Pacific Northwest. She is a  co-founder of the Mountain Lamp Community in Deming, Washington.  Mountain Lamp will be hosting a 2-week retreat from December 29 to January 12, just prior to the Indianola Retreat. Please see the Mountain Lamp website for further details.
Indianola Registration Details
Priority will be given to those registering early for the full week of retreat. Families with children (ages 6 and older) are invited to attend the first 3 days when a co-op children’s program will be available. Other adults are welcome to register for the 3-day option and will be notified after December 15 if space is available. The retreat filled up completely last year so we highly recommend early registration. 
Dates and Times of Retreat
6:00 p.m. Friday, January 13, 2012 through Noon, Friday, January 20, 2012 
The 3-day option for families with children and other adults, if space is available, will end Monday, January 16 at 2:00 p.m.
Camp Indianola sits on the shores of Puget Sound on the Kitsap Peninsula. Once you have taken the Seattle-Bainbridge Island Ferry from downtown Seattle, the camp is about a 30 minute drive. Ferry schedules can be found at www.wsdot.wa.gov. Light rail service from Sea-Tac Airport (www.soundtransit.org) to downtown costs $2.50. It is possible to bus or take a taxi from light rail to  the ferry terminal.

The Mindfulness Community of Puget Sound’sWinter Retreat at Camp IndianolaJanuary 13-20, 2012with Dharmacharya Eileen Kiera
The Vimalakirti Nirdesa SutraOne of the early Mahayana Sutras, which outlines and supports the practices of lay people.
Dear Friends,On retreat, we will open the Dharma door of liberation offered by the layman Vimalakirti in the sutra which carries his name. The sutra, one of the earliest of the Mahayana texts, introduces the six paramitas and a multitude of bodhisattvas who exemplify and practice the paramitas: Dana (generosity), Virya (diligence), Kshanti (patience), Samadhi (meditation), Sila (precepts), and Prajna (understanding). Embracing mindfulness night and day, we open the liberating Dharma doors of the paramitas while we sit, walk, work, eat, and sleep.Warmly,Eileen
When to RegisterDear friends, because last year’s  retreat was oversubscribed, we encourage you to register early. There is a discount (next column) if your registration and full payment arrive before December 1. No registrations will be accepted after December 31. Please see the Mountain Lamp website for details about the December 29-January 12 retreat which provides an alternative for people who cannot attend the Indianola retreat or a  3-week retreat for those who might be able to attend both.
Payment Method, Dana, RefundsRetreat fees are requested in US Dollar checks. Refunds will be available if registration is canceled by December 15. No refunds will be available after that date. The fees do not include Dana (offering generosity) for the teachings. Dana can be offered during the retreat.
Scholarships A small number of partial scholarships will be available. Send requests to the registrar by December 1.  It may not be possible to honor all requests. Attendees are welcome to contribute to the scholarship fund when registering.
Confirmation of RegistrationAttendees will receive e-mail confirmation of registration, driving directions and more detailed retreat information.

Robbie,  Retreat Coordinator:    dharma_moon3@hotmail.com <mailto:dharma_moon3@hotmail.comRegistration: Cathy, Registrar:perry_cathy@hotmail.comCooperative Children’s Program: Kirsten, e-mail: kirstenwhittemore@yahoo.com <mailto:kirstenwhittemore@yahoo.com
Or include questions with your registration form and we will get back to you.