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It was a wonderful change of scenery from my busy life. Being among our fellow meditators, and away from our daily grind, really allow me to slow down, relax, decompress and fine tune my meditation practice.

Things arise when the conditions are right. I’m not sure why it took me so long to find Dharma Drum Mountain, but when I was ready I did. 

 

Somehow, I’d managed to live in the Bay Area for over 15 years, and had never been to Big Sur.  Mendocino, Tahoe, LA, Yosemite, and all along San Mateo and Marin parks.  But never to Big Sur.  And my good friend, Mann, was planning to attend, too.

The Growth of Dharma Drum Mountain San Francisco Bay Area Center over the past 10 years

" 108 Adages of Wisdom" is written by Venerable Sheng Yen. He will show us how to enjoy work, life and live independently and harmoniously with nature. He will also show us how to live simply, with purpose in meaningful life, and discover the true source of happiness where could only start from self and within. 

Foregoing the comfort of sleeping in on a Saturday morning, a group of like-minded people came together at Dharma Drum Mountain for a one-day retreat, led by one of Venerable Master Sheng Yen’s Dharma Heirs, Gilbert Gutierrez