Set aside time for retreat practice. It could be a short block of time like four hours or for multiple days. It could be solitary or with a group. Whatever your meditation practice is, it is important to retreat from your everyday busy world and take some time to look at your mind. Receive whatever arises…and don’t evaluate. Whatever you can do, schedule it ahead of time and just do it.
Sokuzan talks about the benefit of two types of retreat practice: participation in scheduled sitting, study and practice forms with a group and simplified intensive sitting practice with just one’s self in a supported space with few external distractions.
Great Practice Opportunity!
Join us for SokukoJi’s annual Ango and Rohatsu Sesshin: “Looking Into Dark Places” December 1-8 2015.
It was going to be a full house but two people who’ve registered are now unable to come, so we still have openings for residential practice during this retreat. If you don’t require lodging, you may register for just daytime practices. Sokuzan will give Dharma talks each day and is available for personal interviews to discuss your practice. For more details, visit our retreats page or contact Kozan
“The Three Jewels of Buddhism: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha”
Traverse City Mindfulness Meditation Group and SokukoJi Buddhist Community together will host this three day, non-residential meditation retreat with Soto Zen Teacher Sokuzan Bob Brown in Traverse City, April 4 – 6, 2014, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6726 Center Rd, Traverse City MI 49686.
• Friday, April 4th, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.:
On this day Sokuzan will offer basic sitting meditation instruction for beginning and experienced meditators. There will be sitting and walking meditation periods and Sokuzan will give a Dharma talk about the Three Jewels of Buddhism as they support awareness practice.
• Saturday, April 5th, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.:
This day will offer opportunity to participate with forms that we use at SokukoJi Buddhist Community Temple-Monastery including a traditional Soto Zen morning service and other awareness practice forms. Sokuzan will continue instruction in shikantaza, or “nothing but just sitting” meditation and in kinhin, or walking meditation. He will also give a Dharma talk, continuing with the theme of “The Three Jewels of Buddhism.”
• Sunday, April 6th, 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.:
We will continue during our regular sitting time with sitting meditation. Sokuzan will give basic meditation instruction and be available for questions and interviews and will give a Dharma talk at 5:30 p.m. From 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., we will have snacks and visiting. You are welcome to bring something to share.
The cost for each day Friday and Saturday is $30.00, or $60.00 for both days. On Sunday during our usual sitting time there is no charge but donations are appreciated. Sokuzan will be available for private interviews about practice throughout the weekend. Lodging may be available with local sangha for out of town participants.