April Sesshin: This is a Dream
April 17 - 23, 2023
Monday 5pm to Sunday 1pm
At this time, there are dream grasses, grasses within, expressive grasses and so on. When we study this, then roots, stems, branches, leaves, flowers and fruits as well as radiance and color, are all the great dream. Do not mistake them as merely dreamy.–Dogen Zenji
The Dharma teachings remind us to regard experience as dream. Could it be that our thoughts, ideas, views of separation–are a dream?
The dream-like nature of reality is a teaching on the empty yet apparent nature of experience. It is a teaching of liberation and love.
During this sesshin we will explore the nature of experience through the lens of dream. We will be encouraged to bring awareness into our night-time experience & dreams, and we will open our awareness to the deep + subtle manifestations of this waking dream.
What is a dream made of? What is the dream ego made of? These are crucial inquiries for a person on the path of liberation, the path of awakening, the path of dreaming.
This is the dream expressed within a dream, prior to all dreams.–Dogen Zenji
Sesshin is a rigorous and, at times, challenging silent meditation retreat that is not recommended for beginners. In order to attend in person, we require that you attend one of our silent weekend retreats or a five-seven day silent retreat at another Zen Center before registering for our longer zen retreats. For more information about what to expect when attending a sesshin, click here.
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Morning Block5:00 am – Zazen6:50 am – chanting ServiceMid Morning:11:00 am – zazen12:20 – chanting serviceMid Day3:00 – Zazen3:30 – dharma talk5:30 Chanting serviceEvening7:00 – zazen9:20 – closing chant
Amy Kisei, Sensei