Being Mountain, Flowing Mountain Meditation Retreat Online
With Amy Kisei Costenbader, Sensei
August 7 - 8, 2020
Mountains and rivers right now are the actualization of the ancient Buddha way. Both mountains and rivers abide in their true form and actualize true virtue. Mountains and rivers transcend time and are alive in the eternal present. They are the original self and they are emancipation-realization. – Dogen Zenji
Dogen Zenji’s Mountains and Waters Sutra invites us to step out of self-centered, human-centric worldview and step into the vast view of mountains and the expressions of the natural world. You don’t necessarily need to sit on top of a mountain, to sit on top of a mountain. The Mountain mind is your Mind, vast, immoveable, spacious and free.
The views of all beings are not the same. Do not limit your view to that of human beings. There are many ways to see one thing and ways to see many things seen as one. – Dogen Zenji
During this retreat we will explore the practices offered in the Mountains and Rivers Sutra. This is a meditation retreat that can take place inside or out of doors using the zoom app. We will chant/read from selections of the Sutra throughout the day. This retreat is something that you can design on your own, using the support of the retreat schedule. You are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions.
Mountains have been the abode of great sages from the limitless past to the limitless present. Wise people and sages all have mountains in their inner chamber, as their body and mind. – Dogen Zenji
You will receive a link to the retreat by 5PM on Friday night.
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 home retreat 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
7:00P – Introduction Meeting/Logistics
8:00 – 9:00P – Opening Talk and Meditation/Closing Chant
6:00 – 8:30A – Practice Instructions/Zazen/Guided Movement and Morning Chants
11A – 1:00P – Practice Instructions/Zazen/Yoga and Mid-day Chant
3:30 – 5:30 – Zazen and Small Group Practice Check-ins and Evening Chant
7:00 – 9:30 – Practice Instruction/Zazen/Formal Tea & Treat/Retreat Closing
We rely on your generosity for 90% of our support. Thank you!
Amy Kisei Costenbader is an ordained Zen priest who lives and practices at Great Vow Zen Monastery where she has trained since 2010. She received Dharma Transmission from Chozen and Hogen, Roshis in 202o. Kisei is the Director of Residency and current board president of Zen Community of Oregon, and teaches Thursday nights via Zoom.
Learn more about Amy Kisei Costenbader, Sensei