Just Sitting Retreat: An immersion in silence 2020

Thursday June 25, 2020 4:00 PM to Tuesday June 30, 2020 1:00 PM

Description We will set aside the activities of usual retreats and sesshins, like liturgical services, work periods, meetings with teachers and dharma talks, and focus completely on zazen, just sitting. We will practice in complete silence following a 6 am to 8 pm daily schedule that consists simply of eleven 45-minute periods of meditation with one-hour breaks for meals. This “sesshin-without-distractions” style of practice was created by Kosho Uchiyama Roshi and practiced at Antaiji in Kyoto and is followed at Sanshinji in Bloomington, IN.

While this is an intensive retreat with a focus on maintaining silence, it need not be harsh. Practitioners are encouraged to take care of themselves as needed, for example, stretching or taking a walk or nap, while at the same time fully entering into the challenge and opportunity of the sesshin. It's helpful to have read Uchiyama Roshi's Opening the Hand of Thought for background information about this style of retreat and to have had some prior experience of intensive meditation practice, not necessarily Buddhist.

Leaders for the sesshin: Eido Phoebe Reinhart, Shodo Spring and Lee Lewis.
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5 day retreat
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Thu, 25 Jun 2020 4:00 PM to
Tue, 30 Jun 2020 1:00 PM
Central Standard Time
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