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A Baby Buddha is Born - Kennyo's Ordination Ceremony

Kennyo’s ordination culminated after a week of silent sitting in the crystal ice palace of Pari-Nirvana Sesshin — as residents and retreatants let go into the snow’s silent embrace, letting the silence permeate the heart/mind and teach us about the fundamental silence of our own being.

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Hearing Beyond the Sound : An Interview with Jogen

Live-blended soundscapes enchant awareness as Jogen Beyond-J enters the stream of DJ to provide a listening experience accessible to anyone willing to sit down and open to the waves of sound blessing the Heart of Wisdom zendo.

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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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