All My Relations (Peaceful Way) Sesshin

8/16/2018, 8:00pm - 8/19/2018, 7:00am at Myoshinji

Each year, we designate our August sesshin as the Peaceful Way/All My Relations Sesshin. The sesshin is dedicated to the memory of all those who suffered or lost their lives as a result of violence, oppression, genocide, and all forms of injustice. Along with the practices of zazen, service, oryoki and work, which comprise our typical sesshin, we incorporate the practice of metta bhavana (lovingkindness meditation). We affirm our intention to transform our own greed, hatred and delusion through the practice of metta as a tangible step toward nourishing the seeds of wisdom and compassion in the world around us.

Additionally, we practice care and respect for the earth by eating only foods from our garden or grown locally and products from animals (eggs and milk) who were treated humanely. By decreasing the miles the food must travel, we also decrease the use of fossil fuels to transport it. This practice helps us to become aware of how our food comes to us and where it comes from, rather than just picking items off a supermarket shelf with no sense of the effort or suffering that went into their creation. We hope this will evoke a more intimate understanding of the interdependence of all beings and increase our gratitude and respect for the people, animals and plants that inhabit the earth with us, especially when considering our food choices. The sesshin name “All My Relations” comes from the Lakota understanding of the interdependence and relatedness of all things: Mitakuye Oyasin. Please join us for this important retreat.

This sesshin begins Thursday night at 8 PM and concludes Sunday morning with the Gate of Sweet Nectar Ceremony at 7 AM. Please bring non-perishable food items to contribute to the local food pantry. The cost is $150 for members and $180 for non-members, which includes lodging and all meals. Part time participation is allowed. Attending an Introductory Workshop prior to the retreat is encouraged unless you have had prior (in person) instruction and experience with meditation. Please register by Aug. 13.

$150 for current members, $180 for others.