Retreat in Bernalillo Aug. 17-18, 2021

Happiness Is The Way

A Two-Day Zen Buddhist retreat 

in the tradition of Plum Village and Thich Nhat Hanh

Tuesday August 17 (8 am – 8:30 pm) & 

Wednesday August 18 (8 am – 3 pm), 2021

At the Coronado Campground, 106 Kuaua Rd, Bernalillo, NM 87004, more info at

On arrival, please sign in at the large covered shelter. 

This is about a 30 minute drive north from Albuquerque on I-25, or about 45 minutes south from Santa Fe on I-25, then taking exit 242 in Bernalillo and going west on US-550 for 1.7 miles. 

All are welcome, at any level of experience. Please join us for two days of a peaceful, uplifting retreat. Will include mindfulness practice in community, sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks, Dharma discussions, singing, and transmission of the Five Mindfulness Trainings.

Three of the brothers (monks) from Deer Park Monastery in California are coming to lead the retreat. They are Brother Freedom (the acting abbot of Deer Park), Brother Gem, and Brother Earth. A large covered meeting area has been reserved, along with three smaller covered breakout areas. 

Please bring your own lunches, dinner, and snacks, cushion or folding chair, yoga mat, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, walking shoes, and modest comfortable clothing. August here can be hot and can be rainy. Because of the average age of the participants, non-vaccinated individuals are asked to wear masks and maintain a social distance of six feet. 

You can reserve a tent site or an RV site by contacting the campground at (505) 980-8256. Hotel accommodations are also available within walking distance at the Santa Ana Star hotel, phone (844) 466-2378, The hotel provides two-way shuttle service to the Albuquerque airport. 

In the Buddhist tradition, dana (generosity, donations) are offered in thanks for the benefits received. To cover the expenses of this retreat, suggested dana is $100 per person, or $50 per person for students or those with limited financial resources. 

Donations should be made to the nonprofit Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation, designated for the Road Retreat, online at, or by check mailed to 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA 92026, or at the retreat. 

Sponsored by the Rainbow Sangha of Albuquerque, 

You can download a flyer with all this information below.

Topics for Upcoming Sangha Meetings

Dear Sangha,

Here is a list of planned topics for upcoming meetings through August. Please join us in person from 5-6:30 p.m. on Sunday evenings at the Albuquerque Zen Center, 2300 Garfield Ave. SE. We will be conducting hybrid (with Zoom) meetings for the time being, but may phase down the hybrid portion of the meetings to every other week before long. Please contact a Sangha member if you are interested in joining by Zoom. We encourage everyone to connect with a local Sangha in person.

Date Comments Leader(s) Topic (MT = Mindfulness Trainings)

May 30Memorial DayJon & DavidVesak (celebration of birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha)
Jun 6Bee5 MT
Jun 13BrysonSharing the Merit
Jun 20David & KenGathas
Jun 27Jon14 MT
Jul 4OFF (no mtg.)
Jul 11JonDalai Lama’s Birthday July 6th: 85 yo
Jul 18Ruth & BeeHeart Sutra part 1
Jul 25Ruth & BeeHeart Sutra part 2
Aug 1Jon5MT
Aug 8Bryson5 Earth Touchings
Aug 15RuthMioni Odo (Japanese Buddhist artist)
Aug 22BeeWalking & Breathing
Aug 29DavidDeep Relaxation with Sister Chan Kong

Meetings resume in person at AZC

We’re happy to say that now we’re resuming in-person meetings at the Albuquerque Zen Center, 2300 Garfield Ave. SE, on Sundays from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Please join us. We’re also offering a Zoom (hybrid) option for these meetings, so those who prefer can still attend remotely, using the same link information used for previous Zoom-only meetings.

Upcoming Sangha meetings

Here’s a tentative list of topics for upcoming meetings (subject to modification). Please feel free to join us by Zoom, or (if a hybrid meeting) in person at the Albuquerque Zen Center. Please contact us if you’d like to be added to the weekly email announcements list.

Meeting dateLeaderTopicType of meeting
Nov 8David8 Realizations of Great BeingsZoom only
Nov 15Ruth5 Mindfulness TrainingsHybrid
Nov 22BeeGratitudeHybrid