2012 ADZG Eight Week Spring Practice Commitment Period
March 24 to May 19, 2013
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 a modern urban 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, or sangha, lives, works, and practices as householders in an urban environment. We aim to enact our responsibilities in our life situations and practice a way that nourishes our connections with our loved ones, our work situations, and our own bodies and minds. To support deepening of Buddhist practice in householder context, participants in the practice commitment period (PCP) design an individualized program including 3 key aspects of Zen training: meditation, study, and community life. The practice theme for this PCP will be settling into luminous communion with suchness and its expression.
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 samadhi of suchness. 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 19, 2013. Suggested donation: $100.00 (not including signup for one-day sittings/sesshin). Sliding scale is available to all.