This one full day (9:00 am — 4:15 pm) program is designed for those who have little or no meditation experience, or even for those with experience in other types of meditation. During the course of the day, you will learn the basics of sitting postures and settling the body. We will be practicing Shinkantaza (Just Sitting meditation), Kinhin (Walking meditation) as well as guided meditation. You can schedule time with sensei for personal consultation (dokusan) during the second and third meditation sessions.
The topic of the Dharma Talks and Discussions will be The Great Heart Sutra. This sutra is the very heart and soul of Mahayana Buddhism yet it can be confusing and difficult to grasp. Sensei will be discussing how we can break away from a need for intellectual understanding of it and accept it as practical instruction for our day to day lives.
Sensei Glenn Gustafson, OPB (Shi Ge Jie) is an ordained monk in the Order of Pragmatic Buddhists - which holds Ch’an (Chinese Zen) lineage - and serves at the Central Ohio Center for Pragmatic Buddhism. He has written a liturgical guide for Western practice called The Buddhist Breviary and a collection of meditations on being a Western Buddhist called The World is Our Monastery. Both will be available for purchase at the retreat.
- 9:00 - 9:15 Arrive and settle in. Introduction to the day.
- 9:15 - 10:00 First session - guided, sitting and walking meditation
- 10:15-11:00 Second Session - guided, sitting and walking meditation
- 11:15-12:00 Dharma Talk and Discussion
- 12:00-12:30 Lunch*
- 12:45-1:30 Samu (work practice - cleaning the Space)
- 1:45-2:30 Third Session - sitting and walking meditation
- 2:45-3:30 Dharma Talk and Discussion
- 3:45-4:15 Open Q&A
Suggested dana (donation) $40 to cover facilities, lunch, tea, and to provide stipend for teacher. No one will be turned away for being unable to provide a donation.
Please pre-register to allow us to purchase the appropriate amount of food for the event.
*-Vegetarian lunch to be provided - please contact Dan (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any dietary concerns
~~~ All events at The Space are for those 19+ years old and older
~~~ All events at The Space are substance and alcohol free