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Winter Practice Period : Rest, Radiance and Expression

January 2 - March 10

 Just breathing in. Just breathing out. Just so. Sitting under the open sky, weightless as a flame. - Koun Ejo 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 rhythems in practice, giving space to explore zazen, creative process, body practice and study on one's own.

We will emphasize creative process this year, and the term will culminate with a community sharing of our art, and then our 8-Day Oneness Hears Listening Sesshin. 

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 the Director of Training.