Awareness and Wisdom: A 24 Hour Practice for Daily Life


Date(s): October 28, 2023 - October 29, 2023

Day/Time: (Saturday - Sunday) 1:00 pm PDT - 9:30 pm PDT

Location: Benedict Canyon Retreat House

“We tend not to understand what seeing is. The instant tendency of the mind is to think of what it is seeing—a statue of the Buddha, the floor, a cushion. But the seeing is a different thing. Seeing is a very, very obvious object. Just acknowledge that you are seeing.

Seeing and thinking have similar natures. Just as we want to notice not what we are thinking about, but rather that we are thinking, we want to be able to observe and learn about the process of seeing, in particular in relation to liking, disliking, and ignoring.”
– Sayadaw U Tejaniya

Prerequisite: Completion of a 7+ day retreat with LC and/or practice in Sayadaw U Tejaniya’s style (to listen to LC’s Dharma Talk’s click here).

When our relationship to practice becomes tight, tedious, or filled with tanha (thirst) life can easily fall out of balance. We get caught in liminal phases of indecision, turning towards unskillful coping mechanisms, and we forget our moment-to-moment practice. Fortunately, continuity of awareness in the container of sangha provides a brighter and wiser path to help us in daily life. In this abbreviated retreat format, LC will provide instructions for practice for each day and we will discuss tips, insights, and reports from the field in the evenings.

Please join us if you are looking to:

  • reinvigorate your practice in daily life
  • create routine and healthier habits with a greater sense of clear-seeing (cause and effect)
  • improve your relationship with the nature of mind especially as taught by Sayadaw U Tejaniya
  • receive and give kindness and support from fellow committed sangha members
  • gain and apply insights with wise intention and attention

Oct 28 – 10am-8:15pm
Oct 29  – 7am-9:30am

10-11:00 Instruction
11:00 -11:30 Walking/Movement Meditation
11:30-12:00 Sitting/Stationary Meditation
12:00-1:00 Meal Break
1:00 -1:30 Walking/Movement Meditation
1:30-2:00 Sitting/Stationary Meditation
2:00-2:45 Walking/Movement Meditation
2:45-3:30 Sitting/Stationary Meditation
3:30 -4:00 Walking/Movement Meditation
4:00-5:15 Dharma Talk and Q&A
5:15 -5:30 Stretching/Short Break/Mindful Movement
5:30-6:00 Sitting/Stationary Meditation
6:00-7:30 Meal Break
7:30-8:15 Sitting/Stationary Meditation

7:00-7:45am Sitting/Stationary Meditation
7:45-8:30 Walking/Movement Meditation
8:30-9:00 Sitting/Stationary Meditation
9:00-9:30 Closing

“Lien Chi “LC” Tran is one of the most experienced practitioners amongst the new generation of teachers.”
-Jack Kornfield

“LC is a teacher like no other in the west. She is of the Burmese Vietnamese tradition but with her own personal spin on Meditation. She is one of the most generous teachers of the dharma I have encountered. She is driven by immense faith to share and pass the wisdom of the teachings to others. Her personal experiences that are shared are an impeccable reminder of the universal nature of suffering and the path to freedom. I feel very blessed to have had this retreat and the karma momentum that it has brought me and my family.”

“My retreats with LC have been nothing short of mind-altering. Her refreshing, more simple approach to meditation and mindfulness is very direct, real, and grounded, and her level of genuine kindness and humility is admirable. I’ve been practicing meditation for years, and her approach was like a bright light illuminating a path that was there the whole time but wasn’t clear until now.”

“LC’s level of practice was mind-blowing. Her extremely practical and experience based teachings stood in stark contrast to many other teachers I have studied with in the past.”

“Practicing with LC is like receiving a gift of skillful practices and embodied teachings alive with love and generosity. She naturally inspires and nourishes our heartful sangha. But don’t take my word for it. Please come see for yourself.”

“LC truly embodies the teachings and is an inspiration to study with. LC is so charming and sweet. Her smile is priceless. I loved how she shared so much of her personal life and emphasized the simplicity of and importance of practice. Together they have helped me tap into the essence of who I really am and have inspired me more than I ever expected to deepen my own practice as I prepare to share the practice of mindfulness with others. I highly recommend her to any and everyone!”

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