upcoming special events at ryugen-ji temple
Date: Beginning Saturday July 9th
Cost: No Charge.Beginning Saturday July 9th we will be holding a work zazenkai to prepare for the August sesshin. We need to finish the floor and altar in the ancestral room and the bamboo shades in the zendo. We also need to weed and remove the overgrown ferns in the courtyard. The schedule is:
10:30 work practice
1:00 - 6:00 work practice
9:10 four vows
Sunday morning - normal schedule and time
Sesshin with Roshi Mitsunen Kyogen Nordstorm
date: Wednesday, August 3rd
through Sunday, August 7th, 2016
Cost: $190.00 per person. Please note that Dana for Roshi is not included in the cost to attend sesshin. if possible, please bring cash for dana.
Special Event: During
sesshin we will perform the eye opening ceremony, kaigen-
kuyo, to officially rename the temple Ryugen-Ji.
A Sesshin is a multiple day retreat in which
we take time out of our busy lives to focus on our spiritual
practice. We do multiple periods of zazen (seated
meditation) with periods of kinhin (walking meditation)
between. We also do samu (work practice) and chanting
services. Our teacher, Roshi Lou Mitsunen Nordstrom, will
give Dharma talks daily.
All participants will receive Dokusan (private interview) with Roshi.
Sleeping arrangements are dormitory style and all meals are included. You may arrange a hotel room if that is preferable (approx. 10 minutes away). For those who wish to stay at a nearby hotel, we have a list to choose from. Please let us know if you need the hotel list.
We have a limited number of cots and sleeping bags available on a first come basis. If you are bringing an air mattress, we kindly request no larger than twin size. Please bring your own blankets, linens/pillows, towels, toiletries etc. Our shower facilities are outdoors with hot and cold running water.
You may join us anytime your schedule allows, but it is highly recommended that you attend the entire sesshin to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to deepen your practice in the warmth of the temple and the sangha.
Although you might think "I don't have to rsvp, they know I'm coming" please do so. It is important so suitable plans can be made.
Please RSVP if you plan to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org
zazenkais at kuge-in
A zazenkai, literally meaning "to come together for
meditation" is a Zen Buddhist retreat that is usually less
intensive and of shorter duration than sesshin.
Lunch and dinner are served on Saturday, and breakfast is served Sunday morning.
cost: $45.00 per person. please note that dana for roshi is not included in the cost to attend sesshin. if possible, please bring cash for dana.
upcoming zazenkai dates:
To be announced
sesshins at our sister temple, Hokori Zen Center in
To be announced
Visit their website at http://www.hokorizencenter.org/.