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Bardo Practice Period: A 49-Day Residency Exploring the Nature of Life and Death

Monday, February 17, 2020 - 4:00 pm to Monday, March 30, 2020 - 9:00 am

Human existence is a continual process of dying and being born. This practice period mirrors the natural transition from death to new birth, beginning in the dark of winter with Parinirvana Sesshin (a remembrance of the Buddha’s death), passing through the transformative phase of Unity Sounds Sesshin, and blossoming into the liveliness of fresh spring.

The Tibetan name for this transition from death to rebirth is Bardo, literally “in-between.” Sustained contemplation and engagement with this notion of Bardo provides a key for unlocking the nature of reality, dissolving the ego’s constructed barriers separating waking life, dreaming, and death. Guided by direct teachings from the Dzogchen and Zen traditions, including daily meditations on the dying process and weekly practice-based classes, we aspire to recognize death, dying, dreaming, and waking as open gateways to liberation.

Throughout this period, our investigation will be supported by the formal container of intensive Zen practice: early wake-up, immersion in zazen - morning, afternoon, and evening - and daily ritual, work, and service.

The cost for this practice period is $750. The training fee covers room, meals, monthly sesshin, and most other retreats and workshops. Scholarships are sometimes available; please inquire.

Please contact the director of residency for more information.