Upcoming Intensive Chan Retreats ( America)


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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