WINTER PRACTICE PERIOD at Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico:
Sitting and Walking as Bodhisattvas
January 3 – February 1, 2019
This practice period will explore the bodhisattva as an important archetype for how we might show up for each other and our world. Bodhisattvas are beings dedicated to the awakening, or enlightenment, of all beings. They exist as guides and friends amidst the suffering of the world, modeling an approach to meaningful spiritual life.Of course, we don’t need to wait until we are perfectly awakened to start relieving the sufferings of the world. Every compassionate action is bodhisattva practice, whether on the cushion, in our families, communities, workplaces, or acting in the wider world. We are always widening the circle of care to include those in the margins of our consciousness and our society.Joshin Byrnes and Kozan Palevsky will guide this practice period. Both have long and deep roots in social action, community service, and systems change. Our whole community of “bodhisattvas-in-training” will practice together each day, engaging in zazen, study, council process, and discussion groups where we can learn from each other and from the wisdom of ancient times about the way of the Bodhisattva. We will also organize a day of service in Santa Fe so that we can embody practice both on and off of the cushion.We encourage you to sign up for the entire practice period. It is also possible to participate in daylong zazenkais and the sesshin as separate retreats. Practice period participants will be given a primer of relevant stories, sutras, and articles for study to support our month-long practice.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 our 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.
All will participate daily in Samu (work practice), zazen, physical practice (yoga or walking outdoors) and periods of rest; in essence, following the traditional monastic schedule. During the practice period, all practitioners will remain on campus. On rest days guests and residents will be offered a bag lunch.
When you register for the entire Practice Period, it includes the following retreats (which one can also register for individually):
1/5 – ZAZENKAI DAYLONG – Sensei Joshin Brian Byrnes, Matthew Kozan Palevsky
1/12 – ZAZENKAI DAYLONG – Sensei Joshin Brian Byrnes, Matthew Kozan Palevsky
1/19 – ZAZENKAI DAYLONG – Sensei Joshin Brian Byrnes, Matthew Kozan Palevsky
1/24 – 1/31 – SESSHIN – Sensei Joshin Brian Byrnes, Matthew Kozan Palevsky
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.
Registration for this event includes free dormitory lodging for all 29 nights. After registration, you’ll have the option of upgrading your lodging at a discounted rate if you prefer.
Maximum Participants: 25
Tuition (Upaya Members): $1160.00
Tuition (Non-Members): $1276.00
More details: Includes dormitory lodging (upgrade available). Dana to teachers 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
Click here for for additional information about lodging at Upaya.