Fall Retreat 2019

Outdoor Autumn Day Retreat

with Great River Tendai Sangha


Gyodo is a Japanese term referring to a wide variety of walking meditation practices, often while chanting mantras or sutras.

During this day of practice, we will walk approximately 4 miles on moderately difficult unpaved trails, recite mantras of the Five Wisdom Buddhas (Godai Nyorai), and visit stupas. The set of trails is laid out in a forested park in the form of a mandala honoring the Godai Nyorai.

hiking on trail toward stupa


Please pack a vegetarian lunch for yourself, water to stay hydrated, and a little snack to share. 

After an opening introduction, we will walk together from the parking lot of Kunzang Palyul Choling (KPC), the Tibetan Buddhist temple in Poolesville MD, to their Peace Park across the street.

If you need a ride to the event, please contact us so we can make arrangements.

UPDATED INFO due to cold weather forecast:

We may meet up at a coffee shop (probably Starbucks at 10146 River Rd, Potomac, MD) for the introduction before heading to the walk site. Also, we may end earlier in the afternoon to have lunch together somewhere indoors.

Registrants will be notified of program changes by Friday 11/8.



Click the rsvp link button below and scroll down to the form. Please register by Friday 11/8. Space is limited to 8 participants.

Suggested donation (dana): $35. No one will be turned away for inability to pay. A portion of funds collected will be donated to KPC.

After submitting your RSVP, you will be directed to the payment page. You may also donate by cash or check on the day of the event.


Any questions? Contact us


November 09, 2019 at 9:30am - 3:30pm
Stupa Peace Park at Kunzang Palyul Choling
18400 River Rd
Poolesville, MD 20837
United States
Google map and directions
Yusei Van
Christopher Kim Angela Lakey William Pugh Kathryn Torpey Matthew Dunlop-Gray

Will you come?