Calendar & Practice

Daily Schedule

Mountain Lamp Community follows a five-day per week formal practice schedule of zazen (sitting meditation), communal meals, and work. Mondays & Tuesdays are Lazy Days and do not follow a practice schedule. We offer retreats regularly from March to December each year as well as (single) Days of Practice. The center is closed during the winter each year.

All Days except Mondays & Tuesdays *

  • 5:30 am, wake
  • 6:00 - 8:00 am, sitting & walking meditation
  • 8:00 am, community breakfast
  • 8:30 am, work meeting
  • 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, work
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, lunch and cleanup
  • 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, free time / study
  • 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm, sitting & walking meditation
  • - informal dinner and free time

* Mondays & Tuesdays are Lazy Days, with no formal schedule

* Mondays & Tuesdays are Lazy Days, with no formal schedule. We are unable to accommodate the arrival of guests on Mondays or Tuesdays. During Formal Retreats, we follow a more intensive daily schedule

2018 Schedule

Sati Retreats with Eileen Kiera


SATI 2018  A year to practice remembering and returning to touch our True Nature.

Sati is the Pali word most closely translated as “recollection”, “remembering” or sometimes as “mindfulness”.

We continue this year with our in-depth exploration and practice of Sati, the Buddhist practice of mindfulness as we take up the study of the Anapanasati Sutra and Buddhist wisdom.

Please join us for one, two or three retreats, co-led with Eileen Kiera and apprentice teachers.  

Mindfulness & Meta: the heart of Sati, with Kate Marchevskova & Eileen KieraMay 5 - 12
Sati and Cultivating Compassion, with Suzanne Cooper & Eileen KieraJuly, dates to be announced in February
Sati as the Basis for Wisdom, with Sheila Canal & Eileen KieraAugust 29 - September 3

Sesshin with Jack Duffy

Branching Moon Sesshin (hosted by Three Treasures Sangha) with Jack DuffyApril 14 - 21
Broken Raven Sesshin (hosted by Three Treasures Sangha) with Jack DuffySeptember 8 - 15

Other Events

Community Work DaysApril 7 & 8
Diamond Sangha Teacher Circle MeetingOctober 4 - 8

Day-long or week-end events in 2018 will be added as they approach. We welcome you to join us in our daily practice schedule of sitting, walking, working and eating meditation in community. Registration for 2018 retreats will be available early in the new year.