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  • Op Note

    December 17, 2019 by

    Third in a series of poems written during Rohatsu Sesshin 2019

  • The Question

    December 9, 2019 by

    The first in a series of poems written during the 2019 Rohatsu Sesshin

  • Retreat

    November 29, 2019 by

    I’ve never been on a formal meditation retreat before that’s longer than a few days, but this Sunday evening I’ll be participating in a week-long sesshin, or Zen meditation retreat. We will wake at 4:30 the morning in Noble Silence to begin the first of eight total hours of silent zazen, or sitting meditation each day. There will also be kinhin, or walking meditation, work meditation, as well as formal meals in silence called oryoki. There will be chanting and bowing, a time for rest or exercise, and time to ask our teachers questions about our practice in a private interview process called sanzen. Each evening a Dharma Talk is given by the abbot of the temple, followed by a tea ceremony; an evening vespers chant wraps up the day before lights out at 10pm. Then six and a half hours later, the bells will ring and we’ll wake up and do it all over again, for the next seven days.

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