Open the Road Wider: A Day of Mindfulness

Wide highway though the hills

December 18 @ 9:00 am 2:00 pm PST

The closing of the annual Rains Retreat will take place today. The Dharma talk today will be offered in English by Brother Phap Dung with live Vietnamese translation.

Registration will open on Tuesday, December 6 (sometime during the day)

This event is In-Person and requires advance registration (at the bottom of the page).

Children’s Program: Families can drop off their young ones between the ages 6 and 12 after walking meditation in front of the Big Meditation Hall and pick them up before lunch. Register your child here.

Important Information

Please register by 8 AM on the day of the event. If you need to cancel, please reply to the confirmation email you receive.

We ask that all guests please observe our dress code: out of respect for our monastic brothers and sisters, please wear sleeves that cover the shoulders (short sleeves are acceptable), shirts that cover the midriff, and long pants or long skirts that are loose-fitting and cover the knees at all times. Please do not wear shorts, tank tops, nor tight-fitting clothing. We kindly ask friends to dress modestly for the duration of their time with us and to share this information with anyone attending the event with you. 

There is no cost incurred for participation in the Day of Mindfulness, but a donation is greatly appreciated to keep the monastery open and able to receive guests. You will find donation boxes in the meditation and dining halls or you can donate online.

Scheduled events occur rain or shine.

Tentative Schedule

8:00 AM – Gate opens to receive registered day visitors

9:00 AM – Walking Meditation

10:15 AM – Dharma Talk: Closing Annual Rains Retreat

11:30 AM – Ceremony to Close the Annual Rains Retreat

12:30 PM – Vegetarian lunch

2:00 PM – Day of Mindfulness concludes


Open the Road Wider

Hair which is the color of precious wood
is now offered as incense.
Beauty becomes eternity.
How wonderful the awareness of impermanence!
Since everything is as a dream,
the true mind is determined to lead the way.
After listening to the voice of the rising tide,
steps are made in the direction of the unconditioned.
The winds chant this morning on the slope of Gridhrakuta.
The mind is no longer bound to anything.
The song now is that of the lovely teaching;
its fragrance is the essence of truth.
In times past, it was with boket water
that her hair was washed,
then dried in the fragrant breeze of the late afternoon.
This morning it is the bodhi nectar that she receives
for the mind of enlightenment to appear in its wholeness.
For twenty-five years
she has made daily offerings
of loving kindness with her hands.
Compassion has never ceased to grow in her heart.
This morning her hair is shed,
and the Way becomes wide open.
Suffering and illusion, though limitless,
are entirely ended.
A heart can touch the ten directions.

This poem was written for Sister Chân Không the day she shed her hair on the Gridhrakuta Mountain to become a nun.

Excerpt From
Call Me by My True Names: The Collected Poems
Thich Nhat Hanh
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