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Autumn Ango: Great Vow's 60-day Intensive Practice Period

Tuesday, October 06, 2020 - 6:00 am to Sunday, December 20, 2020 - 2:00 pm

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 which includes more zazen (about 5.5 hours), body practice (yoga, qi-gong, running/walking in the forest) and increased times of silence. 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.

Space is limited, apply for Ango today.

Please contact the director of training with any questions or to arrange a residency during the Ango practice period

Great Vow Zen Monastery
79640 Quincy-Mayger Road (Mail to: P.O. Box 188)
Clatskanie, Oregon 97016