Winter 2013 Practice Period
February 17 – April 7
Focus on Generosity: giving and receiving with joy
Join in this wondrous practice of reflecting, meditating, bowing and practicing generosity. The whole community (including friends near and far) will aspire to practice together as one body during these seven weeks. There are two options for participation:
Option One: Practice Together Throughout the Day (see practice period form for more information):
- Three times a day practice
- Practicing generosity
- Serving the sangha (community)
Option Two: Core Zazen Practice (Note – option two begins Friday evening, February 15 at 7 pm, with sesshin)
- All option one practices, plus:
- Daily zazen
- Sunday mornings at Clouds
How to participate:
Fill out a Practice Period Commitment form and put a copy of your form in the box at the center (or email to Sosan or any of the practice leaders). You may also mail your form to: Clouds in Water Zen Center, 308 Prince St., Suite 120, St. Paul, MN 55101.
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.
Commitment sheets are available at Clouds or download a pdf.