Walking Interconnected: Practice of the Mountains and Waters Sutra
April 6 - June 1, 2014
The tradition of focused periods of community practice originated at the time of Shakyamuni Buddha. During these periods practitioners 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). In a modern American context, our non-residential 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, aiming to enact our responsibilities in a way that nourishes our connections with our loved ones, 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 individualized programs including three key aspects of Zen training: meditation, study, and community life. The practice theme for this PCP will be connecting with the flowing of the natural world, within and without our body-mind. This will be the first ADZG Practice Commitment Period with a shuso/head monk: Nyozan Eric Shutt, who will share teaching responsibilities with Taigen Dan Leighton
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 connectedness. 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 may include some flexibility, and distant members may also arrange participation, in consultation with Taigen.
PCP people are invited to the Shuso Questioning Ceremony, evening of May 31, during three-day closing sesshin.
Registration & information: Please speak to Taigen or e-mail [email protected]. Please register by March 26, 2014. Suggested donation: $100.00 (not including signup for one-day sittings/sesshin). Sliding scale is available to all.