Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi – A Study Sesshin w/Rev. Chiho Bryan Clark

Thursday @ 6pm, April 2nd - Sunday @ 5pm, April 5th

Tozan-e Sesshin: On the Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi

A 3-day Study Sesshin with Rev. Chiho Bryan Clark

“Though the basis is reached and the approach comprehended, true eternity still flows.”

Dòngshān Liángjiè (Jp: Tozan Ryokai)

The Jewel Mirror Samadhi is grappling with some pretty challenging questions about the nature of reality and our awakening to it: that enlightened reality is always perfectly flowing, without any effort or input on our part. And yet, we still have to practice. We still have to attain ‘Yi’s archer’s skill’ even though, in the end, what that skill is pointing to is impossibly beyond our ability to comprehend or articulate. Through meditation, dharma talks, and class discussion, we will explore Dongshan’s poetic assurance that living the mystery of a human life, rather than solving it, is fulfilling our purpose in the universe. 

Tozan-e is a concentrated zazen & study retreat celebrating the famous 9th century Chinese poem Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi, composed by  Zen Ancestor (and founder of the Caodong School of Zen) Dongshan Liangjie. Each day will include morning and afternoon teachings with Rev. Chiho, ~7-10 periods of zazen, chanting, work-practice, formal oryoki meals, and optional practice discussion. Although participation in the entire sesshin is highly recommended and encouraged, it is also possible to join for any one day.

Come explore the wondrous meaning and implications of Zen Master Dongshan’s profound poem with visiting teacher Rev. Chiho Bryan Clark.

Schedule (Draft):

  • Thursday (eve): Oryoki & Server Training @ 6:45pm/Orientation @ 7:30pm/Zazen @ 8pm
  • Friday-Saturday: 6am-8:50pm.
  • Sunday: 6am-5pm

Fri-Sun classes are tentatively set for 10-11:30am and 2:40-4:10pm. This retreat ends following a closing circle and refuges at 5pm.

Rev. Chiho Bryan Clark graduated from UC Berkeley in 2003 and moved to Green Dragon Temple/Green Gulch Farm three weeks later. After some years at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, he moved back to GGF to train as a priest with Tenshin Reb Anderson, with whom he ordained in 2010. After completing several years of training there, he moved to City Center in November 2018 where he is currently living out his dreams in the accounting office. Bryan’s interests include the Chinese masters of the Soto Zen tradition as well as the 13th century Japanese philosopher-monk Dogen Zenji, and the relationship between the unavoidable perfection of reality and our human capacity to find fault in anything.

Program Fees*:

Full Sesshin: $260 members/$330 nonmembers
         Per-day: $90 members/$120 nonmembers
Classes only: $130 members/$165 nonmembers

* As always, AZC is committed to making the teachings available to everyone. To request financial assistance from our Scholarship Fund, or if you would like to donate to the Fund for others to be able to participate, please call the AZC Administrator at 512-452-5777.