Everyday Life is the Way of Buddha
I have had asthma for a
Long time. It seems to improve
Here in this house by the river.
It is quiet too. No crowds
Bother me. I am brighter
And more rested. I am happy here.
When someone calls at my thatched hut
My son brings me my straw hat
And I go out and gather
A handful of fresh vegetables.
It isn't much to offer.
But it is given in friendship.
The Spring Wind Farm is located at 71 Hill-N-Dale Road, Clermont NY 12526. For GPS, use "Hill Dale Rd N, Clermont, NY." We can pick you up at the nearest Amtrak train station (Hudson or Rhinecliff). The nearest airport, Albany, is one hour away. New York City is 2 hours away.
When you see the "Dead End" sign to Hill-N-Dale Road from County Route 8, remember the Buddha's teaching called "the Greater Discourse of the Dead End":
They are not an enemy to any doctrine
Seen, heard, or thought out.
Not forming opinions, not shut down, and not desirous,
They are sages, wise ones who have laid their burden down.
To arrange a visit, please contact the farm at 518-537-5161. We have limited space so priority is given to our teachers and training students and volunteers. Your contributions (suggested $80 per night for members; $100 per night for others) will help fund farm operation (annual budget of $73,300 for 2022). You may make your contribution using our NYC temple Paypal link. Residents and volunteers will adhere to the following daily schedule. Visitors are welcome to create own personal retreat schedule and are expected to help out.
Daily Schedule (Monday to Friday)
5:30 am: Wake-up
6 to 7 am: Meditation & Chanting
7:30 am: Breakfast & Clean-up
9 to 10 am: Buddhist studies
10 am to 1 pm: Work Practice
1 pm: Lunch & Clean-up
2 to 3 pm: Rest
3 to 6 pm: Work Practice
6:30 to 7:30 pm: Meditation & Chanting
10 pm: Retire
Saturdays we do communal house-keeping and Yoga. Sundays we would enjoy personal time without a schedule.