Mar. 31 - Apr. 7: Spring Grail RetreatThe Grail
119 Duncan Ave.
Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY 12520
Heart Circle Sangha offers an opportunity to deepen your practice with our spring 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.
Spring at the Grail is a beautiful time of year. We have kinhin (walking meditation) outside as the weather allows, and breathe in the energizing spring air while we walk along roads in glorious spring splendor. If warm enough we sit outside on the deck enjoying the flowers, new leaves and the birdsong.
We prepare and share delicious vegetarian meals together, oroyoki style. Afternoons we experience the Practice of Immediacy with art practice or meditation. There are many opportunities for personal interviews with Sensei 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.
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). For an insight into oryoki go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6bSw9yUFY8 for an introduction or review.
Registration and payment are below. If you prefer to send a check, please mark 'Spring retreat' on it and send your check to Heart Circle Sangha, 451 Hillcrest Rd., Ridgewood, NJ 07650.
Apr. 5 - May 24: Mindfulness ClassesHeart Circle Sangha
451 Hillcrest Road
Wednesday Evenings 7:30PM - 8:45PM
Mindfulness teaches us how to pay attention to what is happening in our bodies and minds. We learn how to investigate our body sensations, thoughts and mind states. In doing this we learn how our minds determine who we are and how to change. Then we begin to reap the benefits.
Benefits of Mindfulness:
- Reduced Stress
- Reduced depression and anxiety
- Improved anger management
- Enhanced positive relationships
- Enhanced creativity
- Reduced addictive patterns
- Improved concentration
Taught by Dharma Holder Mark Eko Morris. Scholarships are available.