Upcoming Intensive Chan Retreats ( America / Europe)

5-Day Meditation Retreat, 10/24-28, Bay Area, SFO

We have been waiting for Chan Master Zarko Andricevic to lead a meditation retreat for years, and we are pleased to announce that the long wait is finally over! He will be here in late October to lead a 5-day retreat in Boulder Creek, at a peaceful camp surrounded by redwoods, with accommodation in rustic cabins. If you want to learn from an incredible teacher, rejuvenate your mind, body and soul and transform yourself, this is IT! Don't miss out on this life-changing experience!

Chan meditation methods will be taught in the context of daily life activities, such as standing, walking, sleeping, working, eating and hiking, at teacher’s discretion. Chanting and gentle yoga exercises further harmonize the body and mind. The retreat also includes daily lectures, meditation instruction, guided meditation, and personal interviews.

Registration: 5 Day Meditation Retreat

Illuminating the Mind, 11/3-10, WCF, UK

Time: 7:00pm Saturday 3rd November to 10:30am Saturday 10th November 2018
Leader: Fiona Nuttall
Venue: Maenllwyd Retreat Centre, Wales, UK
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Silent Illumination is a profound meditation practice which leads to a mind of great calmness and insight, using ancient Chinese Zen methods which are just as applicable to the modern West. It is the origin of the Japanese Soto Zen practice of Shikantaza but is approached somewhat differently and full instruction will be given.

This seven-night silent retreat is an opportunity to learn and deepen this practice through intensive meditation, with instruction and personal guidance by individual interviews with an experienced teacher. Whether or not a breakthrough to Enlightenment may occur, establishing a practice gives a firm basis for subsequent ongoing mindfulness and compassion in everyday life.

Previous experience of a residential retreat is recommended but serious beginners are also accepted.





Huatou Intensive Retreat, 11/24–12/2, DDRC, NY

Begins: Saturday, Nov 24
check in: 4-6 pm Ends: Sunday, Dec 2 2 pm
Fee: $585
Openings: Available – Sign in to register
Deadline: Nov 21

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Hua Tou Chan
“Huatou” in Chinese, literally means “the origin of words,” or that which precedes words and language. This refers to the state of the mind before the arising of conceptualization or, more precisely, before the arising of a single thought. Thus, huatou is the source of all words and of all thoughts, the fundamental nature of the mind. But, it is also a method that we use to point directly at this mind while putting aside all other concerns.

When we investigate huatou, we utilize questions such as: “What is my original face?” and “What is Wu?” These puzzling, seemingly illogical questions produce a deep sense of self-questioning which is called “the doubt sensation.” If you can succeed in penetrating this doubt, you will discover that which you have always had. As a result you’ll find real peace and ease within yourself and together with others, generating wisdom and compassion. More


7-day Investigating Koans Retreat, 12/1-8, WCF, UK

Time:
7:00pm Saturday 1st December to
10:30am Saturday 8th December 2018
Leader: Simon Child
Venue: Maenllwyd Retreat Centre, Wales, UK

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The ancient Chinese Zen practices of investigating Huatou and Gongan (Koan) are best practised in a supportive environment such as this intensive silent retreat. As one becomes deeply absorbed in the practice, mental constructions drop away and one is confronted by a realisation that one does not know the nature of existence and one's fundamental assumptions of life are groundless. Staying with and cultivating this 'doubt', it can become all-consuming 'Great doubt' which may 'shatter', giving a direct insight into reality which may be what is known as an Enlightenment experience.

To progress in these methods requires a sustained focus and so this retreat is recommended particularly for those with previous experience of intensive retreat, and prior attendance at a Western Zen Retreat is advisable, but serious beginners are also accepted. More



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