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Winter Practice Period : Rest, Radiance and Expression

January 3 - February 16

To forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand dharmas. - Dogen Zenji

During the deep stillness and quiet of winter, as the Earth lays dark and fallow - residential training at Great Vow adopts a lighter, more spacious schedule. The Winter Practice Period allows for residents to tune in with their own natural rhythms in practice, giving space to explore zazen, creative process, body practice and study on one's own.

Residents will be asked to choose a creative medium to work in through the Winter Practice Period. Classes, Dharma Readings and teachings will help support and encourage a deep and thorough-going investigation of the theme. The term will culminate with a community sharing of our art.

This is also the time of year where the schedule is more flexible and open. A great opportunity to intensify or explore personal 24 hour a day practice, in the context of the monastic schedule.

A rough outline of the schedule Wednesday - Saturday can be found below.

For more information about residential training and to obtain an application, contact