Residential Training

Residency at Great Vow is a precious opportunity to direct all our energy to waking up to and clarifying the truth of our human life. Simultaneously, we embody the truth of our life through compassionate relationship and service to others.

Great Vow offers a modern, modified version of traditional Zen Buddhist monastic practice. The rigor of the daily schedule encourages a whole-hearted engagement with every activity of life. The deep stillness and single-minded focus of the monthly sesshin ( zazen intensives) provides the energizing core of residency. Additionally, workshops and classes ranging from contemplative arts to compassionate communication broaden our expression of wisdom. Practicing in community opens our heart and supports us in our aspiration for awakening. Intimate study with mature Zen teachers gives invaluable guidance and inspiration. 


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