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January Winter Practice Period: Zen and Creative Process

Friday, January 03, 2020 - 9:00 am to Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 1:00 pm

To forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand dharmas. - Dogen Zenji

During the deep stillness and quiet of winter, as the Earth lays dark and fallow, residential training at Great Vow adopts a lighter, more spacious schedule. The Winter Practice Period allows for residents to tune into their own natural rhythms in practice, giving space to explore zazen, creative process, and body practice, and to study on one's own.

Residents will be asked to choose a creative medium to work in through the Winter Practice Period. Classes, Dharma Readings and teachings will help support and encourage a deep and thorough-going investigation of the theme. The term will culminate with a community sharing of our art.

This is also the time of year where the schedule is more flexible and open - a great opportunity to intensify or explore personal 24-hour-a-day practice, in the context of the monastic schedule.

A rough outline of the schedule Wednesday - Saturday can be found below.

5:20 Wake-up
6:00 Zazen
6:50 Service
7:30 Temple Cleaning
8:00 Breakfast (Oryoki)
9:30 Work Period
12:30  Service
12:45  Lunch (Informal)
2:30  Work Period
4:00  Creative Process
5:20  Service
5:30  Dinner (Informal)
8:00  Zazen
9:20  Closing Chant
10:00  Closing Rounds

For more information about residential training and to obtain an application, contact the Director of Training

The initial cost for residential training is $500 per month. The training fee covers room, meals, monthly sesshin, and most other retreats and workshops. Scholarships are sometimes available; please inquire.