Upcoming Intensive Chan Retreats ( America)


Upcoming Intensive Chan Retreats ( America)

Chan Intensive Retreat,3/10-3/17,Vancouver;
Silent Illumination Retreat, 5/26-6/3,NY;
Intensive Chan Retreat,2018/6/16-24, 7/14-22, NY;
Western Chan Retreat, 2018/10/5-10, NY

Seven-Day Chan Retreat, 3/10-3/17, Vancouver

Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 5:30 pm ~ Saturday, Mar 17, 2018 10:00 am
Place: DDVC, Vancouver

Led by: Dr. Jimmy Yu
(Founder of Tallahassee Chan Center; Associate Professor of Florida State University )

Guo Gu (Dr. Jimmy Yu)
In 1980, Guo Gu (Dr. Jimmy Yu) began learning meditation from Master Sheng Yen, who was residing in New York at the time. In 1991, after college, Guo Gu was ordained as a monk and became Master Sheng Yen’s first personal attendant who traveled with the master. In 1995, he had his first Chan experience, and was given permission by the master to teach Chan independently. Ever since then he has been actively teaching meditation and leading retreats at Chan Meditation Center in New York, Dharma Drum Retreat Center in upstate New York, and various cities in the U.S. and Europe.

In 2000, Guo Gu left monasticism and re-entered the world. In 2008, he received his Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Princeton University and began teaching Buddhism and East Asian religions academically at Florida State University. In 2009, he founded the Tallahassee Chan Center. He is the guiding teacher for the Western Dharma Teachers Training course at the Chan Meditation Center in New York and the Dharma Drum Lineage.

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Silent Illumination Retreat, 5/26-6/3, NY

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"

Time: May 26 – June 3, 2018
Place: Dharma Drum Retreat Center, NY DDRC
Led by: Simon Child & Rebecca Li
Begins: Saturday, May 26 – check in 4:00-6:00 pm
Ends: Sunday, June 3 – 2:00 pm
Fee: $585
Openings: Registration opens in February
Deadline: May 22
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Intensive Chan Retreat, 2018/6/16-24, 7/14-22, NY

Chan meditation methods 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.

Time:June 16-24, 2018
Place: Dharma Drum Retreat Center,NY DDRC
Led by :Zarko Andricevic
Begins: Saturday, June 16, check in 4-6 pm
Ends: Sunday, June 24, 2 pm
Fee: $585
Openings: Registration opens in March
Deadline: June 13

Time: July, 14-22, 2018
Led by Chang Hwa Fashi & Chang Zhai Fashi
Begins: Saturday, July 14,check in 4-6 pm
Ends: Sunday, July 22, 2 pm
Fee: $585
Openings: Registration opens in April
Deadline: July 11

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Western Chan Retreat, 2018/10/5-10, NY

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 sitting meditation in conjunction with the communication exercise, 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.

Time: October 5-10, 2018
Led by: Rebecca Li & Simon Child & Fiona Nuttall
Place: Dharma Drum Retreat Center, NY
Begins: Friday, October 5 – check in 4:00-6:00 pm
Ends: Wednesday, October 10 – 10:00 am
Fee: $350
Openings: Registration opens in July
Deadline:October 2

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.

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