February Bodhidharma Sesshin
with Shugen Roshi & Hojin Sensei
February 17 - 23, 2020
For February sesshin, in the spirit of Bodhidharma, practitioners are invited to connect even more intimately with zazen through the offering of extended silence and self-reliance. Throughout the week, the emphasis is on zazen; no talks or face-to-face interviews will be scheduled. Instead, we will allow our practice to be led by the deep winter silence. We will wake up each day long before dawn to begin a schedule that includes zazen, chanting services, formal silent meals in the zendo (oryoki), and work practice. This sesshin is an opportunity to draw from the tremendous strength of people practicing together and experience the deep stillness that lies within each one of us.
This sesshin may be joined in progress as late as Friday evening. 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 are also encouraging 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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