Autumn Ango: Great Vow’s Intensive Practice Period
October 12 - December 19, 2021
Tuesday, Oct 12, 2021 to Sunday, Dec 19, 2021
This Dharma is abundantly present in each human being, but if we do not practice it, it does not manifest itself, and if we do not experience it, it cannot be realized. – Dogen, Zenji
In accordance with ancient tradition beginning with the Buddha we set aside months of time each year to simplify and return to the essence of our lives. This is the energy of the natural world in Autumn, and in this spirit we practice Ango.
Ango is a Japanese word that means peaceful dwelling. During this practice period our daily schedule takes on a tone of a light retreat with increased times of silence; including more zazen (about 5.5 hours/day), body practice (yoga, qi-gong, running/walking in the forest), study, and one-on-one meetings with a Zen teacher. The schedule supports and prepares the heart/mind for the longer sesshins held within the Ango period including the Walking the Ancient Way ten-day sesshin, Gratitude sesshin, and our seven-day Rohatsu sesshin.
Intensive training in meditation, contemplation and inquiry clarifies the heart and mind, allowing for deep and sustaining transformation. The silence and serenity of the monastic schedule during Ango is an opportunity to familiarize one’s self with what is most true and liberating.
Cost is $1,400. Limited scholarships are available. Participants must be fully vaccinated upon arrival.
Please contact the director of training with any questions or to arrange residency during the Ango practice period email@example.com