Zen Weekend Retreat At SWZC

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In this retreat we will focus on bringing our zazen practice into every day tasks while strengthening our ability to be in community with others. 

During the retreat we will practice sitting (zazen) and walking (kinhin) meditation, hear Dharma talks, and build trusting community through sharing circles. We will enjoy meals and samu (work practice) together, and Qigong will be offered outside each morning.  Personal interviews with the teacher, rest times and opportunities for enjoying the rural landscape will be incorporated into the daily schedule. Meditation instruction will be available for those who are new to practice.

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Dharma Talk at Sweetwater Zen Center

Dharma Talk at Sweetwater Zen Center

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I will give a Dharma Talk in Sweetwater Zen Center, This August 6th Please come to join us!.  Right here is the schedule of the day. 

  • 9:30 am Gate of Sweet Nectar (chanting service)
  • 9:50 Zazen (seated meditation)
  • 10:15 Kinhin (walking meditation)
  • 10:25 Zazen
  • 10:50 Break
  • 11:00 am – noon Dharma talk by one of our teachers or senior students.

For New Comers: A Zen Meditation Instruction (ZMI) introductory class will run concurrently from 10:00AM – 10:50 AM in the Buddha Hall.

This weekly instruction will familiarize new students with the basics of sitting practice. After attending this class, you are welcome to begin sitting in the zendo at the regularly scheduled times. No need to make a reservation, just show up!

Sweetwater Sitting Night

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I am sitting meditation at Sweetwater Zen Community every Wednesday evening. During the sittings I offer daisan (one-to-one practice mentoring). Please join us! (See the schedule below).

7:00 pm zazen (sitting meditation)
7:30 pm kinhin (walking meditation)
7:40 pm zazen
8:10 pm Four vows (chanting)

Shusho ceremony

Rohatsu in Upaya Zen Center

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I will be sitting in Upaya Zen Center for Rohatsu Sesshin, it marks the enlightenment of the Buddha. It is a powerful gathering of practitioners and friends who are dedicated to realizing the way. Roshis Joan Halifax and Enkyo O’Hara, and Sensei Kaz Tanahashi explore the enlightenment of the Buddha, the story and its meaning in our lives today, during this powerful annual retreat. 

Sweetwater Sitting Night

Sweetwater Zen Center (map)

I am sitting meditation with Sweetwater Zen Community every Wednesday evening. During the sittings I offer daisan (one-to-one practice mentoring). Please join us! (See the schedule below).

7:00 pm zazen (sitting meditation)
7:30 pm kinhin (walking meditation)
7:40 pm zazen
8:10 pm Four vows (chanting)

Shusho ceremony

Winter Practice Period

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Come to join me for 3 weeks of Zen practice in Upaya Zen Center  for Practice Period (Ango or “peaceful dwelling”) is a traditional intensive training period common to many schools of Buddhism. Ango traces its history to the time of Shakyamuni Buddha and the early sangha. Each year, the community would gather together enabling everyone to deepen their practice and polish their understanding through the indispensable teachings of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.

During a Practice Period, Upaya residents intensify their daily practice by sitting zazen more frequently, studying in classes, training in the temple, having private interviews with the teachers, engaging in council practice and weekly Zazenkais, and sitting a Sesshin (5-7 full days of intensive meditation retreat) at the end of Practice Period.