Ango Opening Weekend Sesshin
with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei
February 28 - March 1, 2020
A weekend sesshin is a great way to experience sesshin for the first time, and also a wonderful opportunity for more experienced practitioners.
Characterized by silence and deep introspection, sesshin is recommended to anyone who is sincerely interested in experiencing intensive Zen training. We will wake up before dawn to begin a schedule that includes about 8 hours of zazen (30 minute periods interspersed with walking meditation), face-to-face teaching, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), a formal talk, and silent work practice. Sesshin is an opportunity to draw from the tremendous strength of people practicing together and to experience the deep stillness that lies within each one of us.
On Sunday, the sesshin will lead into the Spring Ango Opening, which formally begins the MRO’s spring period of intensive training running from March – May.
Because sesshin is an intensive retreat, first-time sesshin participants should call the Training Office to set up a “sesshin interview” as part of the registration process.
Please don’t let financial issues prevent you from attending a program at the Monastery. If you can’t afford the program fee, there are options.
We also encourage everyone to use our Rideshare program to either arrange or offer rides to and from the Monastery.
Shugen Roshi Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi received dharma transmission from Daido Roshi in 1997. He is head of the Mountains and River Order and abbot of both Zen Center of New York City and Zen Mountain Monastery. He has been in full-time residential training since 1986, before which he studied music and mathematics. His teachings have appeared in various Buddhist journals and in The Best Buddhist Writing 2009. Hojin Sensei A Zen priest, Jody Hojin Kimmel, Sensei received transmission of the Precepts from Daido Roshi, who began the process in 2009, and from Shugen Roshi, who completed the transmission in 2012. In 2017, she received full dharma transmission from Shugen Roshi. She currently serves as MRO training coordinator and co-Director of the Zen Center of NYC. Before entering the Monastery in 1990, Hojin Sensei studied fine art and trained under legendary ceramicist Toshiku Takaezu, among others. Over the years she has taught drawing, ceramics, and painting, and continues to teach on the creative process within the Mountains and Rivers Order.
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