Peaceful Way Sesshin

8/25/2017, 8:00pm - 8/27/2017, 9:00am at Myoshinji

The devastating effects of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima (August 6, 1941) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1941), along with the enormous suffering caused by war, genocide and all aggression throughout human history were the inspiration for this “Peaceful Way” sesshin. Along with the practices of zazen, service, oryoki and work, which comprise our typical sesshin, we will also draw on some practices from Buddhism and other traditions, including metta bhavana (lovingkindness meditation), compassion meditation, the four sublime states of the Bodhisattva (lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity), the Eightfold Path, and the way of Council. We will dedicate our practice during sesshin to the peace of the world and the well being of all beings throughout space and time. This is the fourth time we are offering a Peaceful Way sesshin and we hope you can join us.

Sesshin are retreats designed to allow participants to focus deeply on their practice over an extended period. Like zazenkai, sesshin are silent retreats consisting of multiple meditation periods throughout each day with 3 services (chanting) and 3 meals using oryoki bowls. Oryoki sets (traditional monastic eating bowls and utensils) are required for meals and may be purchased or rented. Students typically have multiple opportunities for personal instruction (dokusan) with our teacher, Myoyu Roshi. There are work practice periods and talks by Myoyu Roshi or a senior student most days.

The cost for this 2-day sesshin is $75 and includes overnight lodging Friday and Saturday nights as well as meals.

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