Sesshin

oryoki-style meal during sesshinSesshin, literally “touching the heart-mind,” is a retreat period of intensive meditation time to focus wholeheartedly on concentration and awareness. It provides an opportunity to turn our full attention to the activity of the moment – just that count, just that koan, just that meal – nothing else.

The schedule allows time for sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation (kinhin), chanting, oryoki (a formal, meditative way of eating), and dharma talks by the sesshin leader.
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Spring Sesshin

Thursday, March 16 – Sunday, March 19, 2017
Schedule
7:00 – 9:00 pm Thursday
8:30 am – 8:30 pm Friday & Saturday
8:30 am – Noon Sunday
**Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes before the scheduled start to the day to allow yourself to get settled and seated before meditation begins.

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Summer Sesshin

Thursday, June 15 – Sunday, June 18, 2017
Schedule
7:00 – 9:00 pm Thursday
8:30 am – 8:30 pm Friday & Saturday
8:30 am – Noon Sunday
**Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes before the scheduled start to the day to allow yourself to get settled and seated before meditation begins.

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For further information, watch this space for updates or contact Sensei Dean Wiliams at 440-537-7104.

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To study the Buddha Way is to study the self.
To study the self is to forget the self.
To forget the self is to be actualized by all things.

~ Eihei Dōgen Zenji

Buddha

Zen practice is to get to our True Mind, the mind not accessible to thinking. This mind cannot be consciously known by ordinary efforts. An unusual effort is necessary. This effort is zazen.

~ Shunryu Suzuki Roshi