Great Vow Retreat with Jack Lawlor – May 2016 

Join us for a retreat in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh May 12-15, 2016 with Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor.
Location:  Great Vow Zen Monastery, Claskanie, Oregon

Mindfulness, Concentration, Insight and Engaged Spirituality 

 Thich Nhat Hanh has, in simple poetic ways, offered us accessible instruction in mindfulness and meditation based on conscious breathing that works miracles in lessening stress and mending dispersion. Transforming and healing in this way, life is fresh and begins anew.

It would be a misfortune, however, to have the impression that Thay’s instruction in meditation goes no further than the transformation of stress. Thay has also demonstrated how concentration and insight deepen with practice, not only enhancing our perception but also — in the midst of a troubled world — providing insight into the profoundly impermanent, interdependent nature of all that manifests, giving rise to greater understanding, compassion and love in a very natural, unforced way. By enjoying sitting and walking meditation for enjoyable, manageable periods from time to time throughout the day, the door opens without struggle or intellection to a fully engaged contemplative life in the midst of a world of action.

This retreat is intended for both newcomers to mindfulness and meditation and for senior practitioners. We’ll be studying the relationship between basic meditation practices and texts such as The Discourse on the Full Awareness of Breathing and the Discourse on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness Sutra, as well as excerpts from the Anguttaranikiya Sutra. Doing so, we’ll see how mindfulness and meditation, without struggle or intellection, deepen our compassionate and loving engagement in our society in ways that serve all beings and the present age.

Our Practice

Great Vow Zen Monastery graciously allows us to hold an annual retreat on their grounds with members of the monastery community participating.  This silent retreat (with time for sharing and discussion) allows us to let our minds and bodies rest in the present moment.  We will have sitting and walking meditation, silent meals, group discussion, working meditation, deep relaxation, and Dharma talks.  We cultivate a practice of mindfulness, ease and love.


Retreat registration is $200 with scholarships available.  The retreat registration only covers the cost of holding the retreat at the monastery.  Our Teacher, Jack, is paid through your donations at the retreat.

Jack Lawlor

About The Teacher

Jack Lawlor was ordained a Dharma Teacher by Thich Nhat Hanh at a Transmission of the Lamp Ceremony in Plum Village in 1992. Jack began formal Sangha practice in the mid-1970s with Roshi Philip Kapleau, author of The Three Pillars of Zen. He has served as President of the Buddhist Council of the Midwest, and on the national Board of Directors of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Jack’s home Sangha, Lakeside Buddha Sangha in Evanston, Illinois, will be observing its 25th anniversary in 2016. Jack currently serves on the Care-Taking Council of the North American Plum Village Tradition Dharma Teachers Council comprised of lay and monastic members in the US and Canada. Jack has practiced law since 1976 and has been married to Dharma teacher and author Laurie Lawlor for 42 years. They have two adult children and four grandchildren age 6 and younger.

This retreat is presented by the Many Rivers Order of Interbeing Sangha of Oregon and SW Washington.