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Annual Retreat

August 23 @ 7:00 pm - August 28 @ 11:00 am

Online – Zazen & Chanting Practice
Guest Talk: Rev. Jyoshin Clay

Annual Retreat
Mon. evening, August 23rd – Sat. morning, August 28th, 2021

PLEASE NOTE: Because of uncertainty around COVID and the limited availability of the teachers who helped run our past WEBZ (Wy-East Zen Center + Bright Way Zen) sesshin, we have indefinitely postponed renting an out-of-town facility and conducting a residential sesshin. It is our intention to start doing so again at the first opportunity. In the meantime, we will do the following kind of hybrid in-person+online, non-residential retreat.

Sesshin is a silent, residential meditation retreat. Attending sesshin is an extremely valuable way to deepen your zazen and build connections with Sangha. Click here to read more about sesshin. Although our retreat will not technically be a sesshin (in that it is not cloistered or residential), it will have many things in common with sesshin.

There’s a million excuses not to attend a prolonged, silent retreat, but it’s always profoundly rewarding – commit to attending now and then plan your life around this retreat! Save the dates now.

 

ONLINE AND IN-PERSON OPTIONS FOR PARTICIPATION

For those who are local, we are anticipating Bright Way Zen’s zendo will be open for in-person participation if you are fully vaccinated. We require vaccination at this point because those who are vaccinated are much less likely to be carry or transmit COVID-19, and we don’t know yet how effective existing vaccines are going to be against new variants. We also do not want our in-person activities to contribute to higher levels of transmission in the community, which endangers those who are vulnerable. The retreat registration form includes a box for you to check that states you want the option to participate in person and are fully vaccinated. Depending on state guidelines as the retreat approaches, we may ask for proof of vaccination (which only needs to be submitted once).

If you are not vaccinated you are of course welcome to participate in the retreat online, which is what our physically distant members will be doing in any case!

The retreat will begin Monday evening, August 23rd (with the 7pm evening sit), and wrap up by around 10:30am on Saturday, August 28th. Part time participation is welcome, although we hope you will consider committing to the whole schedule if you’re able.

 

DAILY SCHEDULE (Monday Evening starting at 7pm, Full Days Tuesday Morning – Friday Evening)

The daily schedule will be more or less as follows. It is highly recommended that whether you are in the Zendo or at home, you maintain as much silence and simplicity as possible throughout your retreat time, including forgoing or mindfully limiting phone, computer, and television use. In this kind of less structured retreat it can be difficult to discipline yourself to put aside your usual distractions, so anticipate this and see if you can set some clear and reasonable intentions for yourself ahead of time. You can communicate these to Domyo if you desire (info[at]brightwayzen.org).

Communal Practice
6:30-8:20am – Zazen/Kinhin/Zazen/Posture Adjustment/Zazen
8:20am – Short chanting service
8:35am – Formal Breakfast – At the Zendo (and at home, obviously): Bring your own food (vegetarian only at the Zendo please)

Personal Practice
9-10:45am – Silent Work, Study, or Exercise – Choose something simple, quiet, and restorative to do, like cleaning, sewing, gardening, or taking a walk. Also take this time to prepare your lunch. Set a timer for yourself so you don’t have to keep looking at the clock. When the timer goes off, immediately stop your activity and clean up.
At the Zendo: There may be some community work to be done (cleaning, weeding, etc.) Bring/plan on some personal work, study, or exercise in case there isn’t. 

Communal Practice
11:00-12:30pm – Zazen/Kinhin/Zazen/Kinhin/Zazen
12:35pm – Formal Lunch – At the Zendo (and at home, obviously): Bring your own food (vegetarian only at the Zendo please)

Personal Practice
1pm – Rest period – Spend this time doing something very quiet and relaxing – take a nap or a leisurely walk, read some Dharma material, or just sit in the sun

Communal Practice
2:30pm – Recitation
2:40-4pm – Zazen/Kinhin/Zazen – Sanzen (interview with teacher) available

Personal Practice
4pm – Dinner break – Take care of personal responsibilities, shower, rest, prepare and eat dinner. At the Zendo: This will probably be a time when you will want to go home, as we do not have cooking or bathing facilities at the building. However, registered participants are welcome to remain on the premises or go get dinner at the stores across the street.

Communal Practice (Retreat begins here on Monday August 23rd)
7pm – Recitation
7:10-9pm – Zazen/Kinhin (7:40)/Zazen (7:50)/Kinhin (8:20)/Zazen (8:30) – Encouragement talk (Teisho) during the middle (7:50-8:20pm) zazen period
9pm – Closing chant
9:10pm – Evening ends

Saturday Morning, August 28th:

Communal Practice
6:30-8:20am – Zazen/Kinhin/Zazen/Posture Adjustment/Zazen
8:20am – Short chanting service
8:35am – Formal Breakfast – At the Zendo (and at home, obviously): Bring your own food (vegetarian only at the Zendo please)
9:10am – Retreat Closing Ceremony
10:30am – Retreat Ends

 

COST

The suggestion contribution for full-time participation in this retreat is $150. Scale your contribution appropriately based on the amount of your participation or on your financial means. See our Suggested Contribution Policy.

 


REGISTRATION FORM:

 

 

 

 

 

Online – Zazen & Chanting Practice
Guest Talk: Rev. Jyoshin Clay

Details

Start:
August 23 @ 7:00 pm
End:
August 28 @ 11:00 am
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Teacher

Domyo Burk