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Roots and Refuge: An Asian American Buddhist Writing Retreat

Residential Program
Dates: Aug 11, 2023 - Aug 15, 2023
Days: Friday - Tuesday
Number of Nights: 4 nights

Instructor(s): Chenxing Han

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Course Description:

How do our roots shape us as Asian Americans in connection to Buddhism? Where can we find refuge in the practice of putting pen to paper? As writers shaped by lineages of Buddhist poetry, exegesis, fiction, journalism, and other genres, how can we share what we have to offer to the present and future of Buddhism in the United States?

This experimental, participatory gathering brings together Asian American Buddhists writers—broadly defined—for a program to support and deepen our spiritual and creative practice. Over the course of our five days together, we will participate in peer-led ritual and meditation, write on our own and in peer-organized groups, and dialogue as a community.  

Anyone of Asian heritage (including Central, East, South, Southeast, and West Asian heritage) who is currently working on a writing project related to Buddhism is warmly invited to apply. You do not need to be a published author to apply, and writers of all genres are welcome. Thanks to generous funding from the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation, the costs of room and board for all participants are covered, though participants will need to pay for their own transportation to and from Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Barre, Massachusetts.

Noble Silence:
Noble silence will be observed following each evening session through breakfast the following morning. Additional silent practice periods will be scheduled throughout the program.

Experience Level:
Suitable for beginning and experienced practitioners.


Applications for this program closed on April 3rd.

Cancellation Policy:
There are no cancellation fees for donation-based programs.

Covid-19 Safety Protocol:
Please review our Covid-19 Safety Protocols here: https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/covid-19/.

As we work to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming. Please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.