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RegistrationRegistration form is available at the center or downloadable from the website and it should be turned in upon arrival.  Yogis are encouraged to attend both days or at the minimum one full day as defined below.    

  • Saturday only:  Yogis must arrive at the center before 8:00am and could leave anytime after the Dhamma talk.  For convenience, yogis could check in on Friday’s evening.

  • Sunday only:  Yogis must arrive at the center before 8:00am and could leave after the Dhamma talk. For convenience, yogis could check in on Saturday anytime after 1pm.

Weekend Retreat Information

Tathagata Meditation Center (TMC) and its retreat organizers welcome all yogis to the weekend Vipassana Meditation retreats.   Weekend retreats are organized twice a month unless there is a 30-day special retreat for that month.  For more details please check the yearly activity calendar available on the center's website www.tathagata.org.

Weekend retreat starts at 5:00am on Saturday and ends at 4pm on Sunday. During the retreat, the meditation teacher will give the instruction on Saturday morning at 8:00am.  Yogis are encouraged to take eight precepts while attending the retreat.

Registration:  Registration form is available at the center or downloadable from the website and it should be turned in upon arrival.  Yogis are encouraged to attend both days or at the minimum one full day as defined below.    

  • Saturday only:  Yogis must arrive at the center before 8:00am and leave anytime after the Dhamma talk.  For convenience, yogis could check in on Friday’s evening.

  • Sunday only:  Yogis must arrive at the center before 8:00am and leave after the Dhamma talk. For convenience, yogis could check in on Saturday anytime after 1pm.

Arrival time & Parking:  Arrive between 6:00pm and 7:00pm using the gate on 1215 Lucretia Ave and go to the office for registration. Upon checking in yogis will be guided to park on Roberts Ave parking lot and have a room assigned in the appropriate compound.

Meals:   Meals are served twice a day with breakfast at 6:00am and lunch at 11:00am. Juices are provided at 4:00pm in the dining hall. Food is served in buffet style and the center takes care of dishwashing activity to minimize distractions to the yogis.

What to Bring: Sleeping bag, pillow and blanket.  Wear light and comfortable clothes with a light jacket during spring/summer.

Practice: yogis are required to strictly follow the practice schedule.  Noble silence should be kept at all time and please turn off your smart phone during your stay.

Details & Rules:  more information is described in the Retreat Manual so please read it if you are new to the center.  You are welcome to keep a Retreat Manual copy for your personal use.

Ceremonies and weekend retreats: When we have a ceremony on Sunday such as Vassa, Buddha Day, Appreciation Day etc… the practice on Sunday ends at 11am.  Lunch will be offered and the ceremony starts at 12:30pm with its program including taking precept, chanting, dhamma talk, etc… Yogis are welcome to attend the ceremony and it typically ends around 3pm on Sunday.