Fall Retreats Scheduled!

Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana
Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Great Wave Zen Sangha has added retreats to its fall events calendar, starting with a half-day retreat on September 15, from 7:00 AM to 12:30 PM. (Please register here.)

In October, Great Wave will pilot a new form of the zazenkai (or  one-day retreat), by starting it on Saturday evening, October 12, from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM, and then continuing on the following morning, October 13, from 5:30 AM to 12:30 PM. (Please register here.)

November 10 will offer a more traditional zazenkai, (Please register here.) and in commemoration of the Rohatsu holiday, a three-day sesshin will be held. (Please register here.)

At all retreats, participants will have an opportunity to deepen and clarify the experience of zazen, practice liturgy, participate in oryoki meals, receive private instruction from resident teacher Gendo Sensei, and to hear a Dharma talk.  We sincerely hope that you will try to make one or more of these retreats.


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Reminder: May Half-Day Retreat

?esky: Seššú Tójó: Bódhidharma a Chuej-kche (J...
?esky: Seššú Tójó: Bódhidharma a Chuej-kche (Japonsko, 15.stol.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



This is just a gentle reminder to join us for our half-day retreat this Saturday, May 18th. This retreat will be in “Bodhidharma” style–no formal schedule, bells, or services.  Just come and go anytime you like. We only ask that silence be maintained in the zendo. This retreat is for both beginners and more experienced practitioners and is free of charge.  For more details and the online registration form, please visit the website at http://greatwave.org/ai1ec_event/may-2013-half-day-retreat/?instance_id=14726.


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Half-Day Retreat Schedule

Our schedule for half-day retreats is generally as follows:

7:00 – 7:30 zazen
7:40 – 8:10 zazen
8:20 – 8:50 zazen; verse of the kesa
8:50 – 9:15 break
9:15 – 9:35 zazen
9:55 – 10:55 Dharma Talk
11:00 – 11:30 zazen
11:40 – 12:10 zazen
12:10 – 12:20 service

We are sometimes asked whether it is OK to come to just the Dharma talk.  This is fine, but we prefer that those who come for the talk commit to the period of meditation that precedes it.  In other words, if you want to come mainly for the talk, plan on arriving at about 9:00 AM period of zazen and staying until about 11:00, when the talk ends.  If you cannot commit to the period of zazen before the talk, please arrive promptly at 9:45 AM, so that we can seat you in time for the talk.  We appreciate your cooperation.

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