Making a Great Vow/Honoring Maezumi Roshi and our Lineage Sesshin

5/15/2019, 5:30pm - 5/17/2019, 9:00am at Myoshinji

Making a Great Vow to serve and awaken with all beings is the best way to honor our ancestor teachers. In this zazenkai, we re-affirm our Great Vow and start the 90-day intensive practice period of Summer Ango (May 15-August 15). The retreat honors the memory our founding ancestor teacher Koun Taizan Maezumi Roshi. Maezumi Roshi received Dharma transmission from Hakujun Kuroda, Roshi, in 1955 and also received approval from both Koryu Osaka Roshi, and Hakuun Yasutani Roshi. In 1967, Maezumi Roshi established the Zen Center of Los Angeles. Through his Great Vow, he gave Dharma transmission to twelve successors, who in turn have given transmission to others, resulting in a robust family tree of well over 150 Zen teachers all over the world, collectively known as the White Plum Asanga (named after Maezumi Roshi's father, whose name, Baian Hakujun means White Plum.)

It begins Friday evening with informal dinner at 5:30 followed by procedures instruction for all who need it. The formal retreat begins at 7 PM with the Ango Opening Ceremony and concludes on Sunday morning at with the Gate of Sweet Nectar Ceremony at 7 AM. The suggested donation for this retreat is $75 which includes overnight accommodations Friday and Saturday and all meals.