Green Mountain Dharma Center
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Green Mountain Dharma Center (GMDC) was founded in April 1998 and is located in Hartland-Four-Corners, VT. As of 2006, 6 nuns and 3 monks are in residence there. Recently, the GMDC has been developing in a new direction by becoming a Fourfold (monks, nuns, laymen, laywomen) Retreat and Practice Center for the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. They are closely in touch with Plum Village and share the same practice.
During a stay at the GMDC, retreatants are encouraged to practice and observe the monastic way of life. Retreatants are invited to help in communal activities such as preparing meals, general cleaning, washing dishes, etc. as a way of continuing mindfulness practice while performing everyday tasks. The center is currently closed, having moved, along with the Maple Forest Monastery, to the Blue Cliff Monastery in New York.
The Abbess of the center is Annabel Laity, Sister True Virtue (Vietnamese: Chân Duc) a senior Dharma Teacher of the Order of Interbeing. She has been a disciple of Thich Nhat Hanh since 1986, became a Dharma Teacher in 1990 and was Director of Practice at Plum Village. Since 1997, she was the Director of the Maple Forest Monastery and was installed as Abbess at the Green Mountain Dharma Center in 1998. She has travelled widely, leading meditation retreats and giving talks in many different countries of the world. She has translated many of Thich Nhat Hanh's books into English.
During a retreat
A sample daily schedule:
- 5:00 a.m. - Wake-up
- 6:00 a.m. - Sitting meditation and chanting
- 8:00 a.m. - Breakfast
- 9:00 a.m. - Mindful Work or Monastic classes
- 11:15 a.m. - Walking meditation
- 12:30 p.m. - Lunch
- Rest and personal time after lunch
- 3:30 p.m. - Sitting meditation and chanting
- 5:15 p.m. - Exercise and sports time
- 6:00 p.m. - Dinner
- 7:30 p.m. - Personal study or misc. classes
- 9:30 p.m. - Noble silence
The Dharma Center believes that because the Buddhist teachings emphasize practicing with the Sangha, the retreatants should participate fully in all scheduled activities. All guests are asked to refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol. Meals are vegetarian.
Throughout its history, the Green Mountain Dharma Center struggled to meet Vermont Act 250 requirements and eventually closed.
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