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Why do we wake up so early? : Residential Practice at Great Vow

This is my life. The length of my days. Day and night I meditate upon it.

BRRRRINGG. BRRRIIINGG. BBBBRRRRIIINNNGG.

Its 4AM and the wake up bell is sounding. Is this a dream? Where am I? What am I doing here?

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The Still Point of the Turning World

Revolve. She says. The heavens, the earth, our seasons, even our lives – circle. Let the body circle, spin, whirl, rotate – move in ways perhaps you have never moved before – we are being guided into the dance by Martha Boesing who co-leads a women’s retreat at the monastery leading up to the New Year – with her partner Sandy Boucher.

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What am I Being Given?

Tucked in the heart of Autumn, in the heart of Ango - we at the monastery practice Gratitude Sesshin. A unique offering in our Sangha, as we waive the fees and ask participants, residents and the entire Sangha to bring a donation of food to help support and sustain the meals of the retreat.

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Awakening to Whiteness

As practitioners of the Dharma, as long as race exists as an aspect of being and society, we are obligued to examine it. - Greg Snyder

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Becoming the Wild Beauty: Notes from the Wilderness Sesshin

The wilderness speaks true Dharma!
To those who know how to listen.
Just walk deep into the forest & forget the person you thought you were.
Be natural - sit, walk, run, sleep & eat.
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Heeding the Call of the Unseen Life : Great Vow's Summer Program

There is a moment when the fall appears in consciousness...its distinguishing feature is that is calls our entire life into question. Whether we recognize this first moment of the journey is not important; it is where it leads us that counts. -John Tarrant

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It's Summer at Great Vow: Discovering Practice, Embodying the Way

Its Summer at Great Vow
17 new residents
Bursting, bright, blushing, bold
Unprecedented Exuberance for Enlightenment
Every breath a Newness
Thank goodness
The peak of Jizo Mountain is Broad
Supporting all beings
with the heart to practice.

The Search

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Lying Down in the Garden: The Passion and Presence of Gardening By Haley Myoyu Voekel

When you lie down in the garden, the dirt will cover your hair and your clothes. It will get into your pockets, onto your scalp, and smear across your shin. It will, if you lie there long enough, change your body into itself. It will swallow you whole.

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