Practice Period (Ango or “peaceful dwelling”) is a traditional intensive training period common to many schools of Buddhism. Ango traces its history to the time of Shakyamuni Buddha and the early sangha. Each year, the community would gather together enabling everyone to deepen their practice and polish their understanding through the indispensable teachings of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.
During a Practice Period, we intensify their daily practice by sitting zazen more frequently, studying in classes, training in the temple, having private interviews with the teachers, engaging in council practice and weekly zazenkais, and sitting a sesshin (5-7 full days of intensive meditation retreat) at the end of Practice Period. Guests participate daily in samu (work practice), physical practice (yoga or walking outdoors) and periods of rest. Mondays and Tuesdays are rest days from 11 am to 5:30 pm.
During the practice period, all practitioners remain on campus. On rest days guests and residents are offered a bag lunch.
When you register for the entire Practice Period, it includes the following retreats (which one can also register for individually):
Click here to complete the on-line Sesshin questionnaire. Additionally, click here for a downloadable PDF of Guidelines of Conduct for a Practice Period/Sesshin. At the end of the Sesshin questionnaire, you will be asked to affirm that you have read the Guidelines. Thank you.
Maximum Participants: 25
Tuition (Members): $1000.00
Tuition (Non-Members): $1100.00
More details: Includes dormitory lodging (upgrade available). Dana to teacher and residents.
Lodging: Dormitory lodging (or an RV space) is INCLUDED in your tuition fee. If you want to upgrade your lodging, the following options are available (space permitting):
- Upgrade to double $25 per night