Street Retreat Rutland Vermont, 2018
October 18 @ 2:00 pm - October 21 @ 12:00 pm
October 18 – 21, 2018 Rutland VT
2,500 years ago Shakyamuni Buddha led his monks each day in the practice of begging for food, receiving whatever was offered with gratitude. In this retreat led by Joshin, we will plunge into a variation on this early Buddhist practice of renunciation.
We will live on the streets of Rutland with no resources other than our true nature, experiencing homelessness first-hand, having to beg for money, find places to get food, shelter, to use the bathroom, etc. By bearing witness to homelessness in this way, we can begin to see our prejudices and our boundaries directly and to recognize our common humanness. It is a way to experience our interconnection and realize our responsibilities.
We begin our begging practice by assembling a mala, or beads that are strung together and worn like a bracelet or necklace. Each bead represents a person who sponsors that participant’s street retreat, and the entire mala represents the community of support. We will wear our malas on the street retreat. Money collected through this begging practice will go to the social service agencies and public non-profit organizations that will support our lives on the street.
“When we go… to bear witness to life on the streets, we’re offering ourselves. Not blankets, not food, not clothes, just ourselves.” – Bernie Glassman, Bearing Witness
Please click here to fill out a simple questionnaire, which is the first step toward registering for the street retreat. After it is reviewed, you will receive a personal email directing you to registration for the retreat Thank you.
Click here for info on Preparation, Logistics and Guidelines
Click here for info on Raising a Mala
Click here for info on Bearing Witness Practice