Writing Retreat: Roots and Refuge: An Asian American Buddhist Writing Retreat

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Thanks to the generosity of the Lenz Foundation, the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies with Chenxing Han is offering a free writing retreat for Asian American Buddhists, August 11-15, 2023.

How do our roots shape us as Asian Americans in connection to Buddhism? Where can we find refuge in the practice of putting pen to paper? As writers shaped by lineages of Buddhist poetry, exegesis, fiction, journalism, and other genres, how can we share what we have to offer to the present and future of Buddhism in the United States?

This experimental, participatory gathering brings together Asian American Buddhists writers—broadly defined—for a retreat to support and deepen our spiritual and creative practice. Over the course of our five days together, we will participate in peer-led ritual and meditation, write on our own and in peer-organized groups, and dialogue as a community.  

Anyone of Asian heritage (including Central, East, South, Southeast, and West Asian heritage) who is currently working on a writing project related to Buddhism is warmly invited to apply. You do not need to be a published author to apply, and writers of all genres are welcome. Thanks to generous funding from the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation, the costs of room and board for all retreatants are covered, though participants will need to pay for their own transportation to and from the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, in Barre, Massachusetts.

For more information and to apply, go to the BCBS website.