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2018 Spring Sesshin/Precept Vow Renewal


The Way of the Householder

The theme for our retreat this year is Joshu’s Mu.

Our practice teaches us that life is open for us just as it is. When we experience this we feel a great sense of ease, joy and connectedness in the world. But usually based on our fears, we create artificial barriers that prevent us from realizing this. This retreat will focus, using the great koan Mu, to identify, and work through our artificial barriers, both internal and external which keep us from living our life fully, just as it is. Please join us for this wonderful opportunity.

In addition there will be a vow renewal ceremony on Saturday for those who have taken the precepts. All are welcome.

As part of this weekend you have the option to choose a particular home practice that helps you to integrate the work in the zendo with our actions in our life as householders. We hope you will join us.

Location: 
Empty Bowl Zendo at Church of the Redeemer
36 South Street, Morristown NJ

Schedule:

  • June 7, Thursday – 6:30pm – 8:10pm
  • June 8, Friday -       9:00am-5:00pm
  • June 9, Saturday – 7:30am – 1:30pm 

Fee: $40

There will be plenty of zazen as well as dharma talks and private interviews, plus time to reflect and integrate practice into our daily life.  Please bring a snack to share.  For lunch, please bring your own or eat out.  It is required that those registering for the sesshin commit to all three days.  

Please register by Tuesday, June 5. Please be mindful of the deadline

Step 1: REGISTRATION for the SESSHIN via our GOOGLE SHEET
1. First, register by using the Google Sheet.  Cut and paste the following link directly into your browser:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vapXm7YCB-7BnPotmhGAAkMBjPb6Ix7qumBwYD6iDzg/edit?usp=sharing

Registration will be accepted by Tuesday, June 5.

STEP 2: PAYMENT for the SESSHIN
2. Secondly, the suggested fee for the three-day Householder Sesshin is $40. Click HERE to pay $40 via PayPal. If you prefer to pay by check, make your check payable to Empty Bowl Zendo and either bring it in or mail to PO Box 640, Morristown, NJ 07963-0640.
 
 
June 9 Zazenkai

The June 9 Zazenkai will be the last day of the Householder Sesshin.  Everyone, whether or not you are participating in the Householder Sesshin, is invited to attend.  The zazenkai includes both sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, mindfulness practices and the opportunity for private interviews with a teacher.  

At the conclusion of the Saturday zazenkai, we will be conducting a Vow Renewal Ceremony.  Those who have studied the precepts and have received jukai either recently or any time in the past are invited to participate. This ceremony provides the opportunity to reaffirm the commitment to following the Bodhisattva Path, and look deeply into our lives to observe how we embody the precepts.  All zazenkai participants are welcome to stay and bear witness.

NOTE: If you plan to attend on Saturday only, the cost is $10. Click HERE to pay $10 for Saturday only. 

Earlier Event: June 5
Introduction to Zen
Later Event: June 16
ART PRACTICE: CALLIGRAPHY