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 from January to February 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

2017 Schedule

Sati Retreats with Eileen Kiera and Senior Students

Sati is the Pali word most closely translated as “recollection”, “remembering” or sometimes as “mindfulness”.   Announcing four Sati retreats this year at Mountain Lamp, led by Dharmacarya Eileen Kiera and senior students, Kate Marcheskova, Sheila Canal, Michael Melancon, Suzanne Cooper.

You are invited to join us in a study of the Satipatthana sutra which focuses on the fundamental teachings of the Buddha and our root teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh. Together the four retreats offer an opportunity for wholehearted immersion into how these teachings live and enlighten our current situation. Although each retreat is separate and unique, you are encouraged to attend all the retreats. Through our study and practice, we will create a community of support that allows us to deepen and enrich our understanding within this ancient tradition.

Satipatthana Sutra: True Understanding is Gold, the body in the body with Eileen Kiera & Sheila CanalApril 8 - 14
Satipatthana Sutra: the feelings in the feelings with Eileen Kiera & Mike MelanconMay 10 - 14
Satipatthana Sutra: the mind in the mind with Eileen Kiera & Suzanne CooperJuly 19 - 23
Satipatthana Sutra: the dharmas in the dharmas with Eileen Kiera & Kate MarcheskovaAugust 30 - September 4

Other Practice with Eileen Kiera

Quiet Day of Practice with Eileen KieraJune 10, 10:00am - 4:30pm

Sesshin with Jack Duffy

Branching Moon Sesshin (hosted by Three Treasures Sangha) with Jack DuffyApril 15 - 22
Broken Raven Sesshin (hosted by Three Treasures Sangha) with Jack DuffySeptember 9 - 16
Winter Bones Rohatsu Sesshin with Jack DuffyDecember 1 - 9

Other Practice with Jack Duffy

Zazenkai with Jack DuffyJune 23 (optional evening practice), June 24 10:00 am - 25 11:00m

$35 + Dana however, if you are staying for the Sunday work day, there will be no fee for this event.

Saturday Schedule:
10:00am—opening ceremony, tea and zazen
10:30—zazen and dokusan
12:30— informal Lunch & clean-up
3:30—zazen and doukusan
5:00—closing ceremony and Great Vows (with new translation)

For those staying for the Sunday work day there will be at:

6:00pm—supper and clean-up
7:30— zazen and dokusan (optional)
9:00—Hakuin Zenji and Great Vows (new translation)


6:00—opening ceremony, tea and zazen
6:30—zazen and dokusan
9:00—work practice
11:00—tea break
12:30— clean-up and (optional) informal lunch
Zazenkai with Jack DuffyOctober 20 (optional evening practice), October 21 10:00am - 22 11:00am
Day-long or week-end events in 2017 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 2017 retreats will be available early in the new year.