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Winter Study Group

Our annual study group is an excellent way to deepen your practice beyond weekly attendance, to look into the way in which zazen and the Buddha’s teachings influences our day to day lives. The small study group offers support and insight from others who are also asking the same questions on how to live in an awakened way under the particular  circumstances we each experience.

While our fall Ango period focuses on the theme of zazen, personal koan, and the teaching of emptiness, the focus of our winter study group is on how zazen takes shape in the context of family, work, nature and the wider community. The study group follows a particular text or subject for 8 weeks and hold three one day retreats at Zen West. Participants post weekly online reflections in response to question prompts and suggested practices from Seido.  Talks on Thursday evenings at Zen West will be rooted in our study together.

If you’d like to register for this group, a minimum requirement is that you able to participate in at least two of the three Sunday retreats. (Exceptions may be made for previous Ango participants and distance students – please consult with Seido about this.)  Participants should be members of the sangha and have some experience with zazen, Zen practice, and the Zen West ~ Empty Field weekly meditation. If this is your first time with a study period with us, attending the first retreat may be required. Participants are asked to make a good faith effort to post a short reflection each week in the online discussion group and are highly encouraged to attend Thursday evening sittings.

2018 Theme: The Practice of Compassion and the Four Immeasurables

Recommended Texts: TBA

One Day Sunday Retreat dates:  February 18,  March 18, April 15

9 AM – 5 PM @ Zen West

Sample Retreat Schedule

Silent Morning

9 AM Zazen interspersed with Kinhin with Sanzen offered

11:40 Service

11:55 Samu – Work Practice

12:15 Oryoki Lunch

Afternoon Study

1:15 Group Introductions/ What is My Practice?

2:15 Dharma Talk

2:30 Group Exercise

3:15 Sharing/ Exploring

4:15 Zazen/ Closing & Announcements

5:00 End