Seated Meditation in the Zendo

Seated Meditation in the Zendo

RETREATS

OUR RETREATS ARE BEING HELD ONE SATURDAY EACH MONTH AT OUR PRIVATE RESIDENCE IN LAS CRUCES. ZAZENKAI IS  HELD FROM 7:00AM-3PM. GENERALLY THIS IS THE SECOND SATURDAY OF THE MONTH, HOWEVER THERE ARE SOMETIMES CHANGES TO THIS SCHEDULE. TO ACCOMMODATE NEWER PRACTITIONERS, WE DO ALLOW FLEXIBLE HOURS OF ATTENDANCE.  AN EXAMPLE OF THE SCHEDULE IS BELOW. NEW PRACTITIONERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND AND PRACTICE AT THEIR OWN PACE. ALTERNATIVE CONTEMPLATIVE ACTIVITIES ARE PROVIDED FOR THOSE WHO ARE VERY NEW TO SITTING AND NEED PERIODIC BREAKS (e.g. Art practice, Zen Study, Private interview with Sensei, Outdoor walking meditation, Tai Chi, Work practice and helping in the kitchen). Space is limited.

FURTHER DETAILS FOR EACH RETREAT WILL BE SENT OUT TO REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS VIA EMAIL. PLEASE CONTACT REV. SHUKKE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE OR HAVE QUESTIONS. RESERVATIONS ARE TAKEN UP TO A FEW DAYS PRIOR TO EACH EVENT.  FEE $15 TO BE PAID AHEAD OF THE EVENT FOR THE PURCHASE OF FOOD AND SUPPLIES. JIISHA2ABBOT@GMAIL.COM 575-644-4526

               NEXT RETREAT:  August ZAZENKAI - Sunday, August 20th 6:00am-1:30pm                  Abbot's Residence (contact if you need directions)

GENERAL FORMAT:  The requested fee for food is $15 paid ahead so the Tenzo (cook) may shop ahead of time. Please advise regarding food issues well in advance of the event.  Participants may come and go as they are able. Newcomers will have alternative contemplative practice options if unable to meditate according to the schedule below. Newcomers may bring reading material and art practice materials to the retreat. For more experienced practitioners, Zazen (seated meditation) may be performed instead of any other practice (except Samu) during the retreat. Dana (donation) to the teacher is additional and at your discretion. This offering is a Zen tradition  based upon the value placed on the opportunity to practice with Sangha (community).  It helps maintain continued services to you and our community. 

Please RSVP before Friday, August 18th to Shukke-sensei at jiisha2abbot@gmail.com

AUGUST Retreat Schedule (The entire day in Noble Silence)

PLEASE NOTE: DOOR OPENS AT 5:30am. You are welcome to come in anytime after that. No need to ring bell. Just enter and remove shoes. _/\_

  • 6:00-6:45am   Eat breakfast
  • 6:45-7:00am   Prepare Zendo for Serivce
  • 7:00-7:30am    Zazen
  • 7:30-8:30am   Neighborhood Contemplative Walk
  • 8:30-9:30am   Study Group (finish up Chapter 6 in The Heart of Being)
  • 9:30-10:00am Zazen
  • 10:00-11:00am Opening Service, Tea and Dharma talk
  • 11:00-12:00pm Zazen
  • 12:00-1:00pm  Contemplative Lunch
  • 1:00-1:30pm Zazen/Closing Service

What you need to bring:

  • Any personal practice equipment:   Water bottle, Zafu/seiza bench, Zabutan, clean, dark-colored, comfortable, loose, modest clothing, socks, Rakusu/ Wagessa  (Please: no spandex, shorts or tank tops _/\_)
  • Personal Items:  Medications, anything you can think of that may be Necessary for the day
  • Food issues?   Please let Rev. Shukke know well in advance so that your needs may be met by the Tenzo. All meals are vegetarian.
Exercise & Tai Chi during a Zazenkai

Exercise & Tai Chi during a Zazenkai