Dependent Origination Symposium, May 21–26, 2023 with Delson Armstrong
This 6 day, 5-night symposium and retreat will combine study and analysis of the Buddhist doctrine of Dependent Origination (D.O.) and Transcendental Dependent Arising. It takes place at the beautiful Mary and Joseph Retreat Center in Rancho Palos Verdes California. A prerequisite for attendance is having completed a full time residential or online teacher led Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation (TWIM) retreat. Register for wait list only. (last updated 11/18)
Dependent Orig. Part 1, 1:00
The curriculum of study will be led by Guided by Delson Armstrong (Dhammacariya Sobhana). He will explore the causes and effects in the twelve links of Dependent Origination (Pratītyasamutpāda) and the eleven links of Transcendental Dependent Arising. Watch the adjacent videos for detailed information.
Dependent Orig. Part 2, 1:34
The retreat will incorporate two daily group meditation sessions with emphasis on study groups and discussion. Study sessions will focus on the functional aspects and direct experience of D.O. along with the interrelationship of various links. Participants will examine causal relationships within the links and colorations with Four Noble Truths, the aggregates, the foundations of mindfulness, and other aspects of dhamma.
Delson guides beginners and experienced meditators in the practice of tranquil wisdom insight meditation TWIM. He works with research institutions in neuroscience, cognitive behavioral therapy, and the phenomenology of meditation. Delson dedicates his life to teaching the path to liberation through methodology laid out in the Buddhist sutras. His teachings are freely available to all. More about Delson at: www.DelsonArmstrong.info
His latest book; A Mind Without Craving, offers detailed exploration into the nature of reality, behavioral reprogramming, karma, rebirth, consciousness, and liberation. It's and ideal companion for a self-directed ten-day meditation retreat. A Mind Without Craving provides in depth meditation techniques to aid in progress along the Noble Eightfold Path to awakening. See below for his latest books on dependent origination available on Amazon books.
Mary and Joseph Retreat Center
The Center is located high atop the hills of Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles county California, It features modern conference rooms with wi-fi throughout, spacious in and outdoor dining, serene gardens with walking paths, and majestic views of Los Angeles skyline. The total maximum number of participants will be limited to thirty-five.
There are twenty-eight bedrooms with private bathrooms and an additional six with shared bathrooms available on a first-come, first-served basis. Shared rooms with twin beds are available to couples and family members. Anyone who would like to extend they visit should make arrangements through the Joseph and Mary.
Breakfast, lunch, and a light dinner are served buffet style. Indoor and outdoor dining offer views of lawns and gardens. Daily menus include both vegetarian (non-vegan) and meat or fish with a gluten-free options.
Hot and cold beverages including tea, hot chocolate, and coffee are available 24/7. Participants with special dietary needs or eating disorders may supplement meals with additional food items by special arrangement. A microwave oven and refrigerator space are available as needed.
Schedule Day 1: May 21, 2023 ............................................................... 10:00 am Check-in 12:30 pm Lunch 1:30 pm Orientation 2:30 pm DO Session and Discussion with Q&A 4:00 PM Break 4:20 PM DO Session and Discussion with Q&A 5:30 pm Light Dinner 7:30 pm DO Session and Discussion with Q&A 9:00 pm Further practice or rest Day 2–6: May 22–26, 2023 ..................................................... 6:00 am Wake up 6:30 am Group Meditation 8:30 am Breakfast 9:30 am Meditation 12:30 Lunch 2:30 pm DO Session and Discussion with Q&A 5:30 pm Light Dinner 7:30 pm DO Session and Discussion with Q&A 9:00 pm Meditation 10:00 pm Further practice or rest Day 6: May 26, 2023 .................................................................. 6:30 am Group Meditation 8:30 Breakfast 9:30 DO Session and Discussion with Q&A 12:30 Lunch 2:30 pm DO Session and Discussion with Q&A 5:00 pm Closing Session Day 7: May 27, 2023, Post D.O. BrunchGathering (optional) 10;00 AM–1:00 PM All participants are invited to attend a brunch on Saturday, 10:00AM to 1:00 PM, at the home of Irawan and Tinh. Their home is located four miles from the retreat center in Rancho Palos Verdes. A buffet vegetarian brunch will be served. Please RSVP at email@example.com if you wish to attend.
Registration is open.
Confirmations will be processed and notifications of acceptance emailed within 10-days of submission.
Enrollment is limited to thirty five participants on a first come, first serve basis.
Fees Single Occupancy = $1025, Double Occupancy = $780 per person, Deposit Required = $400
This is a non-profit retreat. The teachings are free of charge. The fees paid apply to fixed retreat expenses that includes lodging, insurance, and travel expenses. Delson offers his teaching freely but relies on the generosity of supporters to sustain a mission to help seekers awaken wisdom, compassion, and realize liberation. The retreat is administered and staffed entirely by volunteers.
Final payment is due not later than February 1, 2023.
If the retreat is cancelled for reasons beyond our control, payments made will be refunded minus the standard bank processing fee of 2.9% and will be credited to the original source of payment within ten banking days.
Cancellations before February 1, 2023 will be refunded. Full refunds minus at the standard bank processing fee of 2.9% and credited directly to source of payment within 30 banking days of cancellation notice.
Cancellations after February 1, 2023 may have fees applied as payment for future retreats or symposiums hosted by the TWIM Foundation collective in the U.S. for up to 12 months following the retreat. Alternatively, fees may be donated to the retreat leader.
For more information contact admin@TWIM.Foundation.
The retreat center is located 17 miles from Los Angeles LAX airport. Participants are responsible to arrange their personal transportation to the retreat center and return at their own expense. Air travelers are advised to check-in for departing flights at least 90 minutes before domestic departures and 2 hours before international departures.
Driving Mary & Joseph Retreat Center 5300 Crest Road Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 (310) 377-4867
From the North or LAX:
Drive south on the I-405 to Crenshaw Blvd.
Turn right (south) on Crenshaw Blvd.
Turn left onto Crest Road at the top of Palos Verdes hill
(the new St. John Fisher Church can be seen on the far left corner.
Enter the third driveway.
Park to the left side of the main gate
Follow the signs for check-in
From the East or South:
Drive north on the I-405 or west on the CA 91 to the US110 South.
Exit I-110 on Pacific Coast Highway west.
Continue on Pacific Coast Highway to Crenshaw Blvd.
Turn left turn (south) on to Crenshaw Blvd.
Drive uphill about. 2 miles to Crest Rd.
**Note there is a Crest Road within 3 blocks of the Pacific Coast Highway and the Crenshaw Blvd. This is NOT the correct Crest Road.
Hotels near the retreat center Early arrivals or staying overs may select a hotel from the list below. These are modestly priced hotels. Other location are available through Hotels.com. Kayak.com, and other Web portals.
Americas Best Value Inn Rancho Palos Verdes 29601 South Western Avenue, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, 90275 Ramada by Wyndham Torrance 2888 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance, CA 90505 Bartlett Motel 2364 Pacific Coast Highway, Lomita, CA 90717 US
Contact Numbers Wi-Fi and cell service are available throughout the retreat center property to participants
Mary and Joseph Retreat Center business office (310) 377-4867
Retreat Manager, Scott Jordan cell phone: 415-250-5294
COVID-19: Policy Protocols will adhere to the COVID-19 policies and guidelines set forth by the county of Los Angeles public health department published on their website at the time of the retreat. Link
Dependent Origination Books
This new series is will consist of twelve or more titles due sometime in 2023.
Detailed Retreat Information Weather: The weather for Rancho Palos Verdes in May is typically sunny with cool, clear nights. The average daytime temperature is 72ºF (20ºC). Nighttime average low temperature is 56ºF (13ºC). Rain is highly unlikely. What to Wear: Bring comfortable, loose-fitting clothes, such as sweat pants with elastic waistband. The center can be very windy so be prepared with layers that can be added or removed. A warm jacket is needed for cold nights and evening walking meditation. Comfortable slip-on shoes are appropriate for walking around the compound. Headgear, such as a hat with a brim, and sunglasses are handy for sunny days.
What to Bring for Meditation and Study Sessions: Chairs for sitting will be provided in the classes and for mediation. You may wish to bring a meditation cushion. House-slippers and warm socks are appropriate along with a shawl or small blanket for both indoor and outdoor seated meditations in the gardens. Note pads and pens or a computer may be helpful to advance learning and reading glasses if needed.
Other Necessities to Bring: Bed linens, blankets, and towels are provided by the center. You may want to bring a special personal pillow or blanket, if desired. Bring personal toiletries (toothpaste, bath soap, sunscreen, Kleenex, etc), flashlight or headlamp, an alarm clock or watch with an alarm, and a water bottle to be filled at the center with filtered water as needed. There will be notification bells to announce meals and group gatherings. COVID-19 testing and protective supplies as specified if required. What to Leave at Home: Do not bring valuables, nonprescription drugs or alcohol. Do not bring food, unless you have made prior arrangements with the retreat managers for accommodation of special dietary needs.
Avoid using scented cosmetics or perfumes that may be allergenic to others. Reading and writing are discouraged during this training period, except during the evening Dhamma talks. Candles, incense, and smoking are not allowed in any building or room.
Clocks and Phones: Please attend to personal matters before coming so a not to hamper progress in mediation. To support the practice of silence, participants’ cell phones and tablets, and computers need to be in in classes and during sessions and group gatherings.
Interacting with Delson and Monastics Physical contact: Refrain from shaking hands or hugs. Greeting: The traditional greeting is to have both hands held together in an attitude of prayer. Entering a room: Please be seated before starting a conversation. Stand up when the teacher enters or leave the room to demonstrate respect. Remain standing until he or she is seated or has departed. Attentiveness: Please do not cross your arms or legs during the conversation. It is considered rude to point the soles of your feet at a Buddha image, monk, nun or lay teacher. Timeliness: Be present and seated at the scheduled starting time and plan your questions in advance, to respect the end time. Conversation topics: Though you’re welcome to have enjoyable conversations about the dhamma and the practice, refrain from asking personal or potential non reverent questions. As an example, this includes asking for value statements about other practices or religions, about individual attainments or about potentially controversial topics (i.e. COVID). Generosity: There is no need or expectation, but donations (dana) is gratefully accepted . Dhammācariya Sobhana lives by the dhamma. Your generosity directly supports his ability to teach. Though physical gifts appreciated, they are impractical while he travels.
Simplicity and Renunciation This symposium offer a sacred space that is protected and removed from the world. This allows participants a rare opportunity to look deeply inside, quiet the mind, and open the heart. Often the most beneficial and rewarding experiences of spiritual life happen at a at retreat centers. The sheltered and quiet setting is a key element that enables participants to develop patience, steadfastness, loving-kindness, generosity, joy, and wisdom. These are the seeds that grow insight, compassion, and happiness. Participants are requested to leave behind concerns of daily life and embrace an attitude of simplicity and renunciation by adopting a traditional spiritual practice known as, “taking what is offered.”
Taking What is Offered
Taking any Residence – whatever quarters are offered. We ask participants to happily accept the accommodation assigned and continue to practice in this spirit throughout the retreat.
Taking Food that is Offered – Happily accepting food that is offered is part of the practice. The cook lovingly prepares tasty and nutritious meals. Gluten-free alternatives will be available for those with medically required dietary restrictions. Participants with other special dietary needs may arrange with the retreat manager to bring supplemental food items with them to the retreat. Food items are prohibited in rooms and the meditation hall. The kitchen is restricted to St. Francis staff.
Mindful Silence and Restraint– In fostering an atmosphere of contemplation and meditation, participants are expected to embrace the practice of silence during periods of meditation. Practicing mindful silence is the practice of observing within rather than communicating with others. Talking is permitted during the sessions and at mealtimes.
Serving the Community – Participants may volunteer for community duties to help the retreat function more smoothly.