It Includes The Entire World – A Day Long Home Hermitage Meditation Retreat

Date: January 15 - 16, 2021

Time: Friday 6-8pm Saturday 6:30am - 9:00pm

Location: Online

Price: $25.00 to $150.00 – Sliding scale donation, suggested donation $60.00

It Includes The Entire World – A Day Long Home Hermitage Meditation Retreat

January 15 - 16, 2021

Friday 6-8pm Saturday 6:30am - 9:00pm

Inspired by Shitou Xiqian’s classic practice poem, Song of the Grass Roof Hermitage,  we will spend a day meditating in the intimate aloneness that embraces all beings. Doing sustained zazen in our own dwelling place and its wild domesticity invites the desired integration of the everyday and the sacred, fulfilling a fundamental vow.

This retreat is open for full time or partial attendance, if you are attending part-time consider designing a schedule that includes at least 4 hours of meditation.

This retreat will take place at Great Vow through the zoom app. You will receive a link to the retreat once you register. We will have a meeting with all those registered at 6PM Friday for an opening talk and to check in about the logistics, details and answer any practical questions about the retreat format.

Doing a retreat at home can be empowering, take up the practice in your own home and know the peace and clarity of mind in your own dwelling place! To support doing a day of retreat in your home we recommend doing the following:

1. Reflect on your intention
2. Create a sacred space with a simple altar and meditation supports in a clean room that allows for calm/peace of mind
3. Commit to a schedule
4. Give up or reduce media, phone and extra computer use for the duration of the retreat
5. Keep the practice going during the “breaks” by engaging with Mindful Eating during meals and choosing simple work (gardening, cleaning, etc.), body practice/exercise (walking, yoga, qi gong) or creative projects that support your meditation practice/intention.
6. Consider being in silence for the full day, or practicing silence for specific periods during the day
7. If you live with others, communicate with them what your intention is for this day of practice and ask them to support you

Friday Schedule

6-8pm               Orientation and Opening Talk

Saturday Schedule

6:30am – 7:30       Zazen and poem recitation
10:00 – 12:00         Zazen
3:00 – 5:00             Zazen and dharma talk
7:00 – 9:00 pm      Zazen and optional group interview


Jogen Salzberg, Sensei