Summer Day Retreat 2023 - Sanborai Kai

Great River Tendai Sangha invites you and Dharma friends to

A day-long Sangha retreat devoted to the Three Treasures

Sunday, July 16th, 2023

8:30 Please come help with setup if you can
9:00 Morning program with refuge ceremony
12:15 Vegetarian Potluck Lunch
1:00 Afternoon programming
4:00 Clean Up & Leave Taking

Our summer 2023 retreat day will be on the topic of San Bo -- the triple gem of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. This full day retreat will include chanting service ritual, a refuge and precepts ceremony, meditation and various practices, Dharma talks, and group discussion. Introductory to Buddhism and all levels welcome.

Monshin sensei and Shumon sensei of Tendai Buddhist Institute will travel from our head temple in New York to be guest leaders of the retreat. They are official representatives for North America of the Tendai school of Japanese Buddhism and Enryakuji on Mt. Hiei, Japan.

If you are interested in taking refuge formally and receiving the five lay precepts (jukai) at this retreat, please contact Seimon ([email protected]) as soon as possible by July 9 about it. A homyo (Dharma name) and materials need to be prepared in advance. Anyone who has already taken refuge may renew their commitment to the precepts during the ceremony...please remember to bring your kesa.

Lunch will be a potluck. Please bring vegetarian food without egg to share with everyone and yourself. Some light breakfast foods and drinks will be provided.


We humbly encourage you to give what you can; no one will be turned away for inability to pay.

Suggested Donation (dana practice): $75

If taking refuge, the senseis ask also your assistance with cost to provide your hangesa (lay robe worn around the neck) and nenju bracelet: $65 check to Karuna Tendai Dharma Center or KTDC

RSVP below by 7/13 to reserve your spot. The event donation page will appear for online payment. Checks and cash will also be accepted at the event. All contributions are tax deductible.

Additional questions? Contact us.


8:30 Setup. Please help with setup
9:00 Orientation
9:30 Daily Gongyo & Refuge – Seimon sensei
10:30 Break
10:45 Six Element Stupa Meditation - Monshin sensei
11:30 Dharma Teaching on Three Treasures 
12:15 Lunch
1:00 Shakyo Practice
1:45 Break
2:00 Circumambulating Nembutsu Meditation
2:45 Sangha Discussion
3:30 Reiji Saho - Gongyo – Shumon sensei & Conclusion
4:00-4:30 Clean Up & Leave Taking. Please help with cleanup


RSVP below to register!

July 16, 2023 at 8:30am - 4:30pm
Upstairs studio at Yoga in Daily Life
2402 Mt Vernon Ave
2nd Floor
Alexandria, VA 22301
United States
Google map and directions
Rev. Seimon Van · phone/text 202 277 8149

Will you come?