November Practice Intensive
2022 Ancient Dragon Zen Gate One Month Practice Intensive
Immersion into the Forms of Soto Zen & Bodhisattva Liberative Practices
November 1 – November 30, 2022
Focused periods of community practice go back to the time of the Buddha. During these periods practitioners join together to deepen and support each other’s practice of awakening. In Japanese Zen these practice periods are residential monastic retreats known as ango (peaceful abiding). In modern American context, our non-residential practice intensives are an opportunity to support sustainable practice in our everyday lives and echo the tradition of intentional community practice. Ancient Dragon Zen Gate’s sangha lives, works, and practices as householders in an urban environment, enacting our responsibilities to nourish connections with loved ones, work situations, and our own body/minds. Participants in the practice intensive design individualized programs including key aspects of Zen training: meditation, community life, and study. Participants in this intensive will practice with the physical embodiment of the traditional forms of Soto Zen, such as bowing, bell ringing, greeting, and chanting, among others, with communal study of the six paramitas or liberative practices as a background context.
This year’s Practice Intensive will be led by Guiding Teacher Taigen Dan Leighton, with the assistance of other ADZG practice leaders.
Meditation—A commitment to zazen
– A commitment to at least four periods of sitting each week, either at home or at ADZG, including a defined commitment to at least two weekly sittings at ADZG, at Ebenezer Lutheran Church or online. Sunday morning and Monday evening are strongly encouraged.
Study—Exploring and integrating the Dharma
This year’s Practice Intensive focuses on Physical practice and forms, so book study is optional. For those interested, the following books are relevant:
- Taigen Dan Leighton, Faces of Compassion: Classic Bodhisattva Archetypes and Their Modern Expression, especially chapter 3, The Ten Transcendent Practices, a copy if which will be made available to all participants.
- Reb Anderson, Entering the Mind of Buddha: Zen and the Six Heroic Practices of Bodhisattvas.
- Dale Wright, The Six Perfections: Buddha and the Cultivation of Character.
- Taigen Dan Leighton and Shohaku Okumura, Dogen’s Pure Standards for the Zen Community.
Community–Sharing and supporting
– Meet informally to discuss practice experiences with a Practice Intensive “Dharma companion.”
– Volunteer in an ADZG sangha service activity (such as greeter, etc.) to be arranged in consultation with Taigen or other temple leaders.
All practitioners are welcome to register. Participants in the PCP are required to make a commitment to meditation, study, and community. A practice period commitment sheet outlining your practice commitment for the two months of the PCP is available here: PCP Commitment sheet-Fall 2022. To register, please speak to Taigen or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 25, 2022. Suggested Donation: $35. Sliding scale is available to all.
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