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Cultivating the Empty Field Sesshin: A 6 Day Meditation Retreat On-line

Monday, July 20, 2020 - 7:00 pm to Sunday, July 26, 2020 - 1:00 pm

With the depths clear, thoroughly illuminate the source, empty and spirited, vast and bright - Zen Master Hongzhi Zhengjue.

During this silent meditation retreat, we will study and practice the profound and poetic serene illumination meditation teachings of Chan master Hongzhi Zhengjue from the text Cultivating The Empty Field.

It is our intention to offer the supportive structure to allow you to do a week long meditation retreat at home. You can participate to whatever degree your life allows. Consider the possibility to design your own retreat. Do a work/family sesshin. Take one day this week and make it a retreat day!

This retreat will take place 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 7PM Monday July 20 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 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, we have a schedule posted below. We ask that you commit to at least 4 hours of meditation a day. Part-time attendance is welcome. Join for a day, the weekend or the whole week. Please let us know the dates you plan to attend.
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, everyday, or practicing silence for specific periods during the day.
7. If you live with others, communicate with them what your intention is for this week of practice and ask them to support you


Approximate Schedule

Monday Night

7:00 Orientation
8:00 Zazen/Opening Talk
Tuesday - Saturday

5:00 Zazen
7:00 Chanting Service
7:30 Breakfast

9:00 Work Practice

11:30 Zazen
12:50 Chanting Service
1:00 Lunch

3:30 Movement
4:00 Teisho (Dharma Talk)
5:00 Zazen/Group Sanzen
5:50 Chanting Service
6:00 Dinner

7:30 Zazen
9:20 Formal Tea/Closing Chant

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