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Spring Monastic Creative Practice Period

This Life is A Dream

April 3 - July 1 2018

Every moment we are born anew.

Every moment an opportunity to awaken.

Right now, are you dreaming? Or are you awake?

To view experience as dream-like is a fundamental Dharma teaching that resounds throughout the ages. During this practice period we will contemplate and explore what it means to wake up within a dream. Who is the dreamer and the dreamed? Can compassion be cultivated in this dream like world? Do fixed concepts keep us bound in a nightmarish experience?

This Spring we will be engaging in a three-month monastic residential creative process as an opportunity to explore the koan of dream.

The first half of the period, will focus on the process. Exploring free form creativity and spontaneous expression through a chosen medium. Investigating the dream of expression/the expression of dream. The ephemeral nature of creativity. And the dreamer.

The final half we will work on refining, editing and curating a work to be presented to the community.

The daily schedule will include time for Creative Process in our normal monastic schedule, which includes meditation, mindful eating and work practice. The Practice Period includes many silent meditation retreats and creative process retreats. The Painting Experience Process Painting Retreat led by Stewart Cubley and Miraculous Expression Entry into Natural Meditation and the Creative Process by Hojin Jody Kimmel from Zen Mountain Monastery, as well as three weeklong silent meditation retreats (sesshin), Loving Kindness Weekend Retreat and a Workshop Exploring Dream led by Zen Teacher Abby Mushin Terris and Zen Teacher Seido Martin. Attendance in the Painting Experience requires an additional fee.

This is part of our Residential Monastic Training Program. For more information about residential training and to obtain an application, contact the Director of Training.