One Day Retreat with Ayya Dhammadipa

  • 06 Nov 2021
  • 6:45 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Online on Zoom
  • 11


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Teachers and other staff for the event

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A One-Day Online Retreat with Ven. Dhammadipa

Going Fast While Going Slow: Four Practices for Freedom from Within

Saturday November 6, 2021


The human experience is so poignant and rich, filled with joys and sorrows, triumphs and failures. Life can have such fullness. Events are rapidly unfolding, some events of our own making and others that we never imagined possible. Yet that same fullness of life can feel like a spinning wheel, staying busy all the time, but without the satisfaction of experiencing anything really new or meaningful.

However, the teachings of Buddhism tell us that there is plenty of new territory to discover, right here within our own hearts and minds. In fact, the promise of practice is that it can reveal aspects of the human experience that are profound, aspects that we might have heard about or wondered about, but never really seen.

During this day of practice together with Ayya Dhammadipa, we will explore four approaches to practice as described in some of the earliest Buddhist texts. These approaches can support us on the Path of meaningful discovery:

  • listening
  • dismantling
  • enduring
  • going fast

This day of practice will include periods of meditation in stillness and in movement, as well as two Dharma talks on the Sutta of the Royal Bull Elephant.

Teacher Bio

Ayya Dhammadīpā has been practicing Buddhism since 1987. She is a fully ordained bhikkhuni in the Theravada tradition and a Dharma Heir in the Suzuki Roshi lineage of Soto Zen. Her shift to the Theravada tradition is a natural extension of her longtime metta practice and study of the suttas. In addition to English, Ayya teaches in Spanish, an expression of her Latin heritage. She is a trained interfaith chaplain, and has provided spiritual care in both hospital and hospice settings. Ayya Dhammadīpā is mother to a lovely adult daughter, and enjoys watercolor painting and sewing.

Learn more about her and her teachings at


The retreat will be online via Zoom. Zoom link will be provided to the registrants in advance to the event.

Retreat Schedule

AM (Eastern Time)

6:45 - 7:45
Silent Meditation
8:45 – 9:00   Technology orientation    Optional, Ayya not present
9:00 – 9:30   Orientation to the day and morning Dharma reflection   Includes giving the Five Precepts to those who wish to take them.
9:30 – 10:10   Guided meditation    
10:10 – 10:40   Moving meditation   Begins with instruction, then away from the computer

10:40 – 11:20   Dharma talk    

11:20 – 11:50   Silent meditation    

11:50 – Noon   Instructions for mindful eating    

PM (Eastern Time)

Noon – 1:15    Lunch break    away from the computer

1:15 – 2:00   Q&A    raise Zoom hands and unmute themselves or type in chat

2:00 – 2:30   Silent meditation    

2:30 – 3:00   Moving meditation    away from the computer

3:00 – 3:10   Dana talk and closing announcements   by Red Clay member, Ayya not present

3:10 – 3:50   Guided meditation    

3:50 – 4:00   Closing chant    Sutta of the Highest Blessings

Cost and Dana

To secure a place on the retreat, we ask you to make a donation of $40, 100% of which will be directed as dana (generosity) to the teacher. While this will not be a significant amount for the teacher and we ask you to consider a more substantial donation at the retreat.

Dana may be sent to via the link below:

You may also send dana via the Red Clay Sangha Donate page:

Personal finances and dana are never a barrier to receiving the dharma with Red Clay Sangha, and full scholarships are available from our accumulated fund.

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 into 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 1 week prior to the retreat if there are insufficient funds to meet your request.

Payment and Cancellation

Full payment is required two weeks prior to the retreat to guarantee your spot. If payment or scholarship request has not been received, RCS reserves the right to fill spaces from any waiting list.

Cancellations at least two weeks prior to the retreat will be fully refunded. After this date, full refunds will be given only if the spot can be filled from the waiting list. No refunds will be made for cancellations less than two days prior to the retreat.

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