Upcoming Intensive Chan Retreats ( America)


Western Zen Retreat, 10/13-10/18, DDRC,NY

Who am I ?

Thoroughly confronting this question can take us directly to the center of our being. Over the course of this five-day retreat you will investigate the question “Who am I?” within a standard retreat framework, using silent meditation in conjunction with a unique method of verbal inquiry. This format allows you to use words to go beyond words and thereby enter the main gate of Chan.

The intensive nature of this process of inquiry drives each practitioner into a self-presentation that is difficult to experience in other ways. To guide and support you, personal interviews with the teachers are offered regularly throughout the retreat. With whole-hearted engagement this retreat may lead to the acceptance of self, the experience of “self at ease,” and may even provide an opportunity for direct insight into the ground of being.

This retreat was developed by the Western Chan Fellowship (WCF) founded by the late Dr. John Crook, an English Dharma heir of Master Sheng Yen. The retreat is designed for individuals who have received a Western education, and are currently led by Dr. Simon Child and the WCF faculty.

Begins: Friday, October 13 – check in 4:00-6:00 pm
Ends: Wednesday, October 18 – 1:00 pm
Fee: $320
Openings: Register Now
Deadline: October 10

NOTE: Because numerous private interviews are included in the design of this retreat, and the teachers want to ensure that each participant receives adequate attention, admission is limited, so please apply early. More on Western Zen retreat at DDRC, NY...

Silent Illumination Retreat

Silently and serenely, forgetting all words
Clearly and vividly, it appears before you.

The above verse comes from The Inscription on Silent Illumination, a poem composed by Master Hongzhi Zhengjue of the 12th century Caodong (Soto) lineage of the Chan school. This verse is a guideline for a method of practice, which he called silent illumination. With this simple method, one cultivates relaxation and awareness of the state of body, mind, and environment. With the settling of wandering thoughts and conceptualization, there is “silence”; with the emergence of clarity, there is “illumination.”

Begins: Saturday, October 21 – check in 4:00-6:00 pm
Ends: Sunday, October 29 – 1:00 pm
Fee: $560
Openings: Register Now
Deadline: October 18

Retreat Program

The silent illumination method will be taught in the context of daily life activities, such as sitting, standing, walking, sleeping, working, and eating. Chanting and gentle yoga exercises further harmonize the body, breath, and mind. The retreat also includes daily lectures, meditation instruction, guided meditation, and personal interviews.More on Silent Illumination at DDRC, NY...

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