2012 ADZG Eight Week Spring Practice Commitment Period
April 1 to May 27, 2012
The tradition of focused periods of community practice originates from the time of Shakyamuni Buddha. A practice period is a time when practitioners intentionally join together to deepen and support each others' practice of the Buddha way. In the Japanese Zen tradition these practice periods are residential monastic retreats known as ango (peaceful abiding). Shunryu Suzuki noted that American Zen practitioners have an engagement with practice that seems to be a hybrid of monastic and householder — neither monk nor layperson — fully devoted to the dharma.
In our modern urban practice context, our nonresidential practice commitment period is an opportunity to integrate and develop sustainable practice in our everyday lives and echoes the ancient Buddhist tradition of intentional community practice. Ancient Dragon Zen Gate's community, our sangha, lives, works and practices as householders in an urban environment. It is vital to be responsive to our responsibilities and life situations and find a way to practice that nourishes our connections with our loved ones, our work situations and our bodies. To support the deepening of Buddhist practice in their householder context, participants in the practice commitment period (PCP) will design an individualized program including 3 key aspects of Zen training: meditation, study and community life. The theme of practice for this PCP will be the Bodhisattva Practices, or paramitas, to develop awareness and active compassion.
All practitioners are welcome to register. Participants in the practice commitment period are required to make a commitment to meditation, study, and community with a focus on the Bodhisattva Practices. A commitment sheet will be available in early March for outlining your personal practice commitment for the eight weeks of the practice commitment period. Personal commitments can include some flexibility, in consultation with Taigen.
Registration & information: Please speak to Taigen or e-mail [email protected]. Please register by March 30, 2012. Suggested donation: $100.00 (not including text cost or signup for one-day sittings/sesshin). Sliding scale is available to all.