|In addition to our regularly scheduled practice sessions, the North Carolina Zen Center occasionally hosts other events such as retreats, work days and work weekends. Also, Sandy's teaching responsibilities occasionally take him away from the Center for brief periods of time.
Below you will find information about our longer-range schedule and upcoming events, and information concerning Sandy's attendance. Please check back from time to time to get the latest updates. You will also find useful information in the most recent Kaihan.
|Winter 2014 Sesshin at Sosen-ji
Thursday, January 16 Sunday, January 19
The Center will host its annual Winter Sesshin beginning with informal dinner on Thursday, January 16 at 5 PM, and ending following clean-up after lunch at noon on Sunday, January 19.
"Sesshin" is the name given to periods of intensive, closely structured Zen practice. This retreat will be conducted in a manner similar to formal retreats and sesshins at other Zen centers and monasteries, including periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, chanting, work practice, formal meals, interviews with Sandy, and Dharma talks by Sandy.
The retreat is open to persons with all levels of experience including beginners, as well as to part-time participants. Lodging preference will be given to full-timers. You can visit the Retreats page of the Center’s web site for much more helpful information concerning Zen retreats at Sosen-ji.
Already planning to attend are about 20 students from Elon University, as part of the January term class in "Zen Theory and Practice" taught by Anthony Weston and Sandy.
The cost is $45 per night. Please send a 50% deposit by Friday, January 3, to reserve a seat and help with planning meals. The cost rises to $50 per night if you send your deposit after that date. Financial help and scholarships are available. Please contact the Center directly for more information.
Ringing In The New Year
New Year's Eve will include supper at 7 followed by informal sitting from 9 until midnight. The 108 gongs at midnight and the chanting of the Heart Sutra for world peace will be followed by a short celebratory toast and snack. We ask for a $25 contribution for the occasion; overnight guests, please add $25 to your supper contribution.
|Currently the Center is following its normal schedule, as indicated on the Schedule page. Please come and participate in the Triangle's only Rinzai Zen center.
The Center relies on volunteer help for its general care and maintenance, so there are always many large and small tasks that need attending to, including general tidying up and grounds care and maintenance, as well as many other opportunites to contribute time, skills and tools. Please contact Matt Young at the Center to find out what the current needs are and how you might help.
If you wish to contribute in any way, your help would be most welcome. Please call or email us for specific needs or other information.