The Monks of Pine Mountain Buddhist Temple warmly invite you to come visit us and join us in the practice of Serene Reflection Meditation. Our practice is primarily community practice and we ask that those who wish stay with us for any length of time to participate in temple activities. Within that we are usually able to accommodate the needs of individuals who may have physical limitations. We also offer private retreats using our two meditation huts, and a modified schedule.
The temple consists of three houses (Buddha House, Dharma House and Sangha House) and activities are divided between the three. Male and female guests stay in separate houses where possible; bedrooms are dormitory style (women, men) and bedding is provided. Showers are available.
Phone and Internet
The area immediately around the temple does not have cell phone or land line service. For emergencies we have satellite telephone, and for private phone calls one can drive a mile from the temple to a spot where there is a cell signal. We do have Wi-Fi internet service available in our common room. In order to preserve the retreat atmosphere and quiet of the temple, we ask that the use of this be limited to rest periods.
Guidelines for Guests
The temple is a place of quiet spiritual refuge—a rare and wonderful opportunity in this world to look within, find a way to bring true peace into our life and find our purpose for living. By allowing ourselves and others to be quiet, we have the opportunity to see how we create our own suffering and what we can do to change our old patterns and habits.
The general rule is to be quiet and not to engage in unnecessary conversation. This is especially true for someone here for only a few days. For lay trainees here for longer periods, it can be helpful to have conversations with each other from time to time. We can all help each other by learning more about how speech can be either skilful or harmful. Idle chatter and excessive talking can hinder one’s training and one’s purpose for being here. In this spirit, please be considerate of others when choosing a place to talk with someone.
Spiritual guidance or a private conversation with one of the monks is of course always available, please just ask.
As all activities of our daily life have a spiritual meaning and effect, we ask that guests please respect the following :
If there is anything about the teaching or practice you do not understand, or have difficulty with, please feel free to discuss this with one of the monks.
- Please treat other people, animals and Temple property with respect and gratitude.
- If you wish to do more meditation or need extra rest, please talk to a monk to arrange this. Working meditation is always adaptable to your individual capacity.
- Please do not engage in other religious practices during your stay.
- The Temple is not a place to seek a sexual relationship or engage in flirtatious behavior.
- Please wear loose fitting, respectful clothing for meditation and meals. Tight-fitting or low-cut clothing, tank tops, miniskirts and leggings are not appropriate; shirts should be worn at all times. For safety reasons we ask that people wear shoes outdoors.
- Out of consideration for others, please do not use highly scented lotions or cosmetics.
- Please do not use or bring alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, musical instruments or tapes, cell phones, radios, pets, fire arms, or other weapons. Internet access is restricted to rest periods; if you need to contact someone on short notice, talk to one of the monks who will help you with it.
- Please do not read books other than those available at the Temple, while you are staying at the temple.
- We observe the Great Silence, from the end of evening meditation until the end of morning service. If you rise before others, please be very quiet so as not to disturb other guests.
- Keep conversations be kept to a minimum during working meditation periods; meals are often held in silence.
- Vegetarian (but not vegan) food is served at the meals; please take as much food as you need, and eat what you take. If you have special dietary needs, please talk to one of the monks.