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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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Program 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. In an effort to make this program accessible to well-suited applicants regardless of their financial circumstances, a scholarship fund has been established specifically for Roots and Refuge. An application for need-based financial assistance is included at the bottom of the program application.

Roots and Refuge: An Asian American Buddhist Writing Retreat is supported by The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism.

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.


This program will be offered by application. Applications will open on September 12th and close at 11:59 PM US Eastern time on April 1st, 2024, and spaces will be offered within two weeks. Payment will be due two weeks from notification of acceptance.