Fall Practice Period

October 15 – November 19 • 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:

Practice period offers a way for you to enter more deeply into zen practice by making practice commitments for a period of time. This fall, our practice period is October 15 through November 19. The theme is  is “Opening to Gratitude.” Being in touch with the healing and nourishing elements that are in us and around us is so important during these times of conflict and hatred. Opening to gratitude is not denying the existence of difficulties, but helps us to build up our resilience so that we can respond to suffering and difficulties with appropriate action.

  • Basic commitments are to daily meditation and mindfulness practices, attending Sunday service, volunteering and meeting with a practice leader.
  • This fall, we encourage everyone to attend the Wednesday evening meditation, followed by tea and discussion. If the Wednesday group is large, we may split into small groups for discussion. This is not a required element of practice period, but one that we think will help build community.
  • Begin by scheduling a meeting with one of the practice leaders, ideally before October 15.

Step 1: Register today
Step 2: Choose a practice leader and set up a meeting before October 15, if possible.                    

Questions? Contact one of the teachers.

2017 fall practice period booklet and Insert – fall 2017

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.