2018 Fall Practice Period

Sep. 23 – Nov. 18 • Registration Open
Suggested Donation: $10.00 – $100.00
Please do not let cost be an obstacle to your participation.

Practice Period Overview: The Noble Eightfold Path

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 fall practice period, we will study and practice the noble eightfold path, one of the Buddha’s first teaching on how to live a spiritual life. The 8-fold path connects us to wide view, deep intention, connected speech, action and livelihood, and joyful effort, concentration and mindfulness.

  • Basic commitments are to daily meditation and mindfulness practices, attending Sunday service and signing up for 3 hours of volunteering such as:
    • maintaining our little free library
    • work with Amy Lytton on the Clouds library
    • help in the office
    • organizing and labeling in the kitchen
    • help with donations to freecycle
    • end of season garden clean-up


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.