We are pleased to announce the Altruistic Temporary Monk/Nun and the Bodhisattva Supporter retreat is confirmed and will take place on November 26 to December 5, 2022.

The retreat will take place at The Salvation Army, Pine Summit Christian Camp located at Big Bear Lake. The camp site has an elevation of 6,759 ft high. The Temporary Monk/Nun retreat will start on November 26th. We will leave the camp on December 1st and stay at the hotels next to Anaheim Convention Center until December 5th for the World Peace Gathering.

Stay strong and be safe!

  • Date: November 26th to December 5th
  • November 25th: Shaving hair
  • November 26th: Precepts ceremony
  • December 1-2: WPG setup
  • December 3-4: WPG
  • December 5th: Precept release & WPG cleanup
  • $800
  • Deadline: October 31st
  • Check order to: CSS or Compassionate Service Society
  • Memo: Sangha 2022
  • Send to: Compassionate Service Society, P.0. Box 18794 Anaheim, CA 92817
  • November 25th
  • 8 AM to 6 PM
  • CompaSS Center – 420 S Brookhurst St, Anaheim, CA 92804
  • Date: November 26th
  • BUS pickup: 7 AM
  • From: CompaSS Center 
  • To: The Salvation Army Pine Summit Christian Camp
  • 700 Wren Dr, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
  • Check-in Camp site: 10 AM
  • Date: December 1st
  • BUS pickup: 2 PM
  • From: The Salvation Army Pine Summit Christian Camp
  • To: Clarion Hotel, 616 Convention Way Anaheim, CA 92802
  • Check-in: 5 PM
  • November 26th – AFTERNOON
  • Pine Summit Christian Camp
  • December 5th – MORNING
  • Anaheim Convention Center
  • Dec 1-2: WPG setup
  • Dec 5th: WPG cleanup
  • Fully vaccinated (2 primary shots)
  • 3rd and 4th boosters not required.
  • Bivalent booster not required but highly recommended if eligible.
  • Your own safety and others is our priority during the retreat and WPG event.
  • Wearing mask will be required during the retreat and WPG. We will provide the N99 masks everyday.

    About the Temporary Sangha

    Our Vision

    To build a sangha of 1000 temporary monks/nuns.

    Our Mission

    To create a 1000 Bodhisattvas-in-training through the Altruistic Temporary Home-Leaving program.

    On the first day of our Temporary Altruistic Home-Leaving in December 2016, I spoke to Ron (the owner of Camp Buckhorn) about the nature of the 250 monks and nuns at the camp:

    “These people are currently full fledged Buddhist novice monks and nuns for the next 14 days. They are people like you, lay men and lay women who made the monastic vows for 14 days. Each have the purpose to dedicate their vows to someone: parents, siblings, relatives, friends, co-workers, etc… who are facing difficulties in life, who are severely ill, or who have passed away.”

    Thinking about his mother, who had recently gone under surgery, Ron became tearful. He said he would do everything he could to support our group. He exceeded each and every one of my expectations.