Bodhi Day Retreat-Zoom

  • 06 Dec 2020
  • 6:00 PM
  • 12 Dec 2020
  • 12:00 PM
  • Zoom
  • 30


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

Financial assistance is available - please indicate on the registration form if you need assistance. We do not want anyone to be unable to attend due to financial considerations.
Bodhi Day Retreat with Ben Connelly

Sunday December 6 - Saturday December 12, 2020

(Tentative Dates)

Two thousand five hundred years ago, Siddhartha Gautama sat through the night and, on seeing the morning star, "woke up" to enlightenment as Shakyamuni Buddha. Every year Buddhists around the world celebrate the anniversary of this event by joining together and sitting through the night. Red Clay Sangha will be joining this special global celebration. 

Traditionally Bodhi Day is recognized on the 8th day of the 12th month, which is what the Japanese name for this day, "Rohatsu," means.

In some traditions, including that of our retreat leader, Ben Connelly, it is traditional to sit up overnight to remember Buddha's enlightenment. If the weather permits, some may take their cushions outside to sit for at least a portion of the night. If you think you might want to do this, please take some warm clothes!. Everyone is invited to take a break during the night, whether planned or unplanned! At 6:00 am on the morning of the 12th, we will ring in Buddha's enlightenment and have a short service, followed by breakfast and the opportunity either to continue sitting or to sleep for a few hours before the retreat ends.


During the retreat we maintain silence so that we can settle into the intimacy of our practice. Necessary talking and Dharma discussions at appropriate times are allowed, but at other times we avoid speaking to allow ourselves to experience a different type of communication. 

Daily Schedule

The typical daily schedule will include moderately early rising, sitting meditation, walking meditation, meals, breaks, and time for body practice or creative practice. We also will have Dharma study periods and opportunities for group or individual discussions. 


The cost of this retreat is $120 per person. There will be an opportunity to practice Dana (generosity) to the teacher. 

Financial Assistance

We would like for everyone to be able to attend regardless of ability to pay. To achieve this goal, we need those who are able to contribute to a fund to help pay for those who are unable. This gives everyone the opportunity to practice generosity together. 

All funds collected for this purpose will be divided equally between those who have requested them. You will be notified no later than one week prior to the retreat if there are insufficient funds to meet your request. 

Benefactors  For those who are unable to attend the retreat, but wish to practice generosity to those who cannot afford it, you may make a contribution which will be used for this purpose here.

Refunds and Cancellation

The retreat fee includes a $50 non-refundable before the retreat, after which no refund can be made. 

If we do not have enough participants to cover the cost, we may need to cancel the retreat. All fees will be refunded in this case. 

Questions or More Information? please contact Gareth YoungCherry Zimmer or Ayo Yetunde

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