Fall Practice Period – Manifesting the Bodhisattva Way: Enacting the Paramitas in Daily Life – Oct 9-Nov 27

Fall Practice Period – Manifesting the Bodhisattva Way: Enacting the Paramitas in Daily Life
With Myo-On Susan Hagler
Opening ceremony Oct 9, 9-10:30am CT
Class Tuesdays, Oct. 11-Nov. 22, 7-8:30pm CT
Closing ceremony Nov. 27, 9-10:30am CT
In-person and on Zoom
Value: $350

During practice period, each of us has the opportunity to intensify our formal practice commitment.  It is  a period of time when our formal practice lives can be placed on the front burner. Committing to a practice of daily zazen and mindful awareness in our daily activities can enrich our individual lives, the life of the sangha and the whole world! There will be weekly classes on Tuesday evenings, a 1 day session , the Sunday morning sangha program and volunteer opportunities at Clouds during this 7-week period. Participants are encouraged to come practice in person as much as possible, with Zoom participation being  and individual practice options.  We will be studying and working to embody the six paramitas during practice period.. The Six Paramitas, or transcendent perfections, are a core teaching within Zen Buddhism.;  they include generosity, discipline, patience, effort, concentration and wisdom. Practicing and incorporating the perfections in our everyday lives provide a way to activate the Dharma in the most mundane moments of our lives.

 We will be studying The Practice of Perfection by Robert Aiken, as well as chapters 8 & 9 in The Third Turning of the Wheel by Tenshin Reb Anderson 

Practice Period Core Challenge (at Clouds or on Zoom):

  • Jukai ceremony: Saturday, October 8, 7 – 9 pm. Note: this is the night before the formal opening of practice period, but we encourage everyone to attend.
  • Opening ceremony: Sunday, October 9, 9 – 10:30 am.
  • Class/Discussion Group on the Paramitas: Tuesdays, October 11 through November 22, 7 – 9 pm.
  • Repatterning Whiteness Class – highly encouraged for white-bodied participants: Thursdays, October 13 – December 1 (no class on Nov. 24 – Thanksgiving Day) 
  • Daily meditation (zazen) practice – either on your own, with Clouds on Zoom, or at Clouds in person. See below for communal meditation times. 
  • Sunday program, 9 – 10:30 am. Plan to attend every Sunday during practice period.
  • Volunteer Service – See below for service roles.
  • Individual Practice Meetings with one of the teachers: Sosan, Kyoku, Myo-On, Myoshin, Koji or Taizan.
  • Closing ceremony: Sunday, November 27, 9 – 10:30 am.

Optional Practices (most are available either at Clouds or on Zoom):

  • Morning meditation and liturgy: Tues – Fri, 6:30 – 8:00 am. Come for any portion.
  • Noon meditation and liturgy: Tues – Thurs, 12 – 12:30 pm
  • Wednesday evening meditation and liturgy: 5 – 5:45 pm.
  • Sesshin/meditation retreats: October one-day sesshin (Oct. 21, 7 pm through Oct. 22, 5 pm); November half-day sesshin (Nov. 12, 6:30 am – Noon).
  • Priest Ordinations Ceremony: Saturday, November 12, 7 – 9 pm.

Volunteer Service Roles – sign up for one or more (training provided)

  • Sunday greeter – contact Shokai at zenhub@yahoo.com
  • Sunday audio tech and/or zoom operator – contact Tom at zendo@cloudsinwater.org
  • Youth & Family Practice Helper – contact andrea@cloudsinwater.org
  • Temple Steward/cleaning help – contact Katheleen at integrativemindfulness@gmail.com, or koji@cloudsinwater.org
  • Jisha/ceremonial attendant – contact myoshin@cloudsinwater.org
  • Tenzo helper/food & kitchen – contact fukutoku@cloudsinwater.org
  • Altar flowers – contact schulman.ann@gmail.com
  • Photographer – contact koji@cloudswater.org
  • Board member – contact raul.ramos@cloudsinwater.org
  • Doan/chant leader – contact sosan@cloudsinwater.org
  • Governance Committee – contact raul.ramos@cloudsinwater.org
  • Development/Fundraising Committee – contact brigid@cloudsinwater.org
  • Ethics and Reconciliation Committee (EAR) – contact carol.iwata@cloudsinwater.org

Link information for Zoom participants will be emailed before the Practice Period.

No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please determine your fee at checkout. 

When considering what to pay Clouds in Water for this sesshin, please know that the value of this offering is estimated to be $350

Online registration ends 10/6/2022

If you wish to register after 10/6/2022 please contact the Practice Period teacher at myoon@cloudsinwater.org.  Please note that you may not get an immediate response.