October 10-17: Fall Residential Retreat at The Grail116 Duncan Avenue
Cornwall on the Hudson, NY
Friday Evening, Oct 10 - Friday Morning, Oct 17
Heart Circle Sangha offers an opportunity to deepen your practice with our Fall sesshin. Sesshin is a retreat that provides an intensive meditation experience in the company and support of experienced Zen practitioners. If this is your first retreat, we will guide and support you through it.
Fall at the Grail is a beautiful time of year. We have kinhin (walking meditation) outside as the weather allows, and breathe in the energizing fall air while we walk along roads in glorious fall splendor. If warm enough we sit outside on the deck enjoying the flowers, leaves and the birdsong.
We prepare and share delicious vegetarian meals together, oryoki style. Afternoons we can work with art media doing the Practice of Immediacy, take a silent walk or meditate. There are many opportunities for personal interviews with Roshi and daily dharma talks to offer words of encouragement. Because the sesshin offers the opportunity to go deep, koan practice can be very rewarding in this environment. We also have Council practice during which we share our retreat experience.
For an insight into oryoki, click here for an introduction or review.
If you are curious about the Practice of Immediacy check out the web page of Jikyo Roshi who created this practice: www.practiceofimmediacy.com. This practice helps one go beyond self imposed limitations. Following the flow of the present moment it fosters openness and exploration. It's fun! Please join us for all or part of this sesshin.
The retreat will be oriyoki style so please bring your bowls. We have bowls available for rental ($20) or purchase ($40).