Weekend Retreat on Training in Compassion

  • Friday Nov. 8th (6 pm) – Sunday Nov. 10th (3 pm)

The ability to sit in silence with one another over a multiple day retreat is a rare opportunity for deepening our practice with one other as well as within ourselves.

During this Weekend Retreat we will be focusing on the Lojong practices of Training the Mind & Developing Compassion. It will include establishing our connection to both absolute & relative bodhicitta through the forms & formlessness of Zazen, through cultivating compassion within “sending and receiving” (tonglen), and by exploring the post-meditation practice of bringing ourselves from stillness into the activity of daily life. 

This upcoming Weekend Retreat contains multiple components of traditional Zen training in mind-body awareness:

  • Bountiful periods of zazen (seated meditation)
  • Walking meditation (kinhin- 10-15 minute periods of very slow and attentive walking between periods of sitting meditation)
  • Guided meditation in Sending & Receiving (Tonglen)
  • Chanting services
  • Formal oryoki meals in the zendo
  • Dharma talks
  • Embodied work practice
  • Opportunity to meet one-on-one with a teacher to discuss your practice

Schedule:

Friday 11/8: 6 pm-9 pm
Saturday 11/9: 6 am-9 pm
Sunday 11/10: 6 am-3 pm

Oryoki review & Retreat Orientation begins at 6pm on Friday Nov. 8th, followed by the opening meditation of the retreat.

Program Fees:  $150 members/$200 non-members.

Oryoki Bowl rental/purchase: $10/$45.

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 our administrator Julie Strahan at 512-452-5777.

Note that Participation in the Fall Practice Period is NOT required to join in this retreat.