2018 Spring Practice Period

April 1 – May 20 • Registration Open
Suggested Donation: $10.00 – $100.00
Please do not let cost be an obstacle to your participation – email the office for other arrangements.

Practice Period Overview: Deepening Wisdom

Practice period offers a way for you to enter more deeply into zen practice by making practice commitments for a period of time. In this spring practice period, we will study and investigate the practice of stillness culminating in wisdom.  We will explore the Heart Sutra through chanting and connecting this experience to our lives.  We will examine the six paramitas, developing our capacity for wisdom to bloom.

  • Basic commitments are to daily meditation and mindfulness practices, attending Sunday service, volunteering and meeting with a practice leader.
  • Begin by scheduling a meeting with one of the practice leaders.

Step 1: Register
Step 2: Choose a practice leader (see link) and set up a meeting before March 26, if possible.                    

About Buddhist Practice Periods:

The tradition of intensive or focused periods of practice is common to virtually all schools of Buddhism. In the Japanese Zen tradition these practice periods are known as ango (peaceful dwelling). This time tested training is an opportunity for practitioners to clarify their spiritual intentions, to deepen their realization and to more fully integrate their practice life by dedicating themselves to a specific and focused time and tenor of Buddhist practice. Returning in this way to the three treasures of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha the entire community is upheld and revitalized.

It is important to be realistic about our responsibilities and maintain balance in home, work and spiritual life. From that understanding, participants in the practice period are asked to design a practice intention that will push them beyond their current level of commitment, is doable given their circumstances and preserves and respects family, health and work.