The retreat is modeled on formal retreats in the Rinzai tradition which include seated and walking meditation, Qi Gong, chanting, dharma talks and optional interviews with teachers. For this retreat Koshin Chris Cain and Genko Kathy Blackman will be continuing the theme of the Intensive Practice Period, The Heart of Practice in the World, The Vimalakirti Sutra.
The Intensive Practice Program is time set aside each year when practitioners can make personal and collective commitments to intensify their practice.
The theme of the Intensive Practice Period this year is “The Heart of Practice in the World: The Vimalakirti Sutra.” Prior to signing up participants are required to craft a personal plan for their own Intensive Practice and to meet with a preceptor to discuss the plan. More details, a brochure, a set of worksheets, and registration are found on the website through the button below.
During the Intensive Practice Period on Monday evenings, Koshin and Elizabeth Fitterer will introduce passages from the Vimalakirti Sutra, and lead discussions of the selections. The Wednesday night reading group will read from selected chapters of Joan Sutherland’s commentaries on the Vimalakirti Sutra. All are welcome to both groups.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Genko Kathy Blackman trained in the Rinzai Zen tradition under Genki Takabayashi Roshi at Chobo-Ji in Seattle since 1983. She was ordained in 1997 and authorized to teach in 2007. As part of her Zen training she has studied and practiced Japanese tea ceremony since 2000. She also has practiced for a number of years with Sharon Salzberg in the Insight Meditation tradition and at Nalandabodhi in Seattle with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, a Kagyu and Nyingma Tibetan lineage holder. Genko will talk about “Vimalakirti tells it like it is“.
Relax. Breathe. Move.
Join us in the ancient practice of harmonizing body and mind using simple, easy to follow meditation in motion. You will learn breathing techniques that generate free- flowing energy in the spirit of non achieving. and removing hindrances for health benefits.
Saturdays: 8-8:30 am meditation. 8:30-9 am Qigong
All are welcome. No experience necessary.
Dokusan is a confidential meeting with a Zen teacher to discuss practice. It is open to all members of PSZC. Dokusan with Abbot Chris Cain is offered every Wednesday, from 9 to 10am, and 5-6 pm. Go to our calendar page to sign up for a half hour slot. Please sign up at least a day in advance.