Retreats

Online 3-Day Sesshin with Eihei Peter Levitt

and Salt Spring Zen Circle October 22-25, 2020

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Start: ​Thursday, October 22, 2020​ at ​6:45 PM
End: ​Sunday, October 25, 2020 ​at ​3:30 PM Location: Online via Zoom (link to be sent with registration)

Realizing the Way at Home

In these extraordinary times, more than ever we are called to touch our heart-minds and deepen our practice right where we live—a call to return home, to our true home. Of course this is always the case, but due to recent events, including COVID-19, more of us have been confined to our physical abode. For many this has been very difficult, for some this has been a dream come true. For everyone, this is an unexpected change from our ordinary way. In this sesshin, Realizing the Way at Home, we will practice what it means to really be at home and thereby deepen our ability to realize the Way where we really live.

You are warmly invited to join the Salt Spring Zen Circle in this 3-day online Zen retreat taught by our founding teacher Eihei Peter Levitt. Our retreat days have been designed to allow not only a substantial immersion in formal practice just like at an in-person sesshin, but also to leave room and flexibility for your home life.

Retreat details are below. Please read all the way through for important information regarding retreat format and find the registration link at the bottom.

SCHEDULE SUMMARY:

Thursday Evening

6:45pm​ Check in and orientation 7:15-8:25​ Periods of zazen and kinhin

8:25pm​ Chants/refuges

Friday-Saturday 

7:00-8:30am​ Zazen, kinhin, zazen, service, meal chant

[Breakfast on your own]

10:00am-12:10pm​ Zazen, kinhin, zazen, Dharma talk, zazen, service, meal chant 

[Afternoon open for lunch, personal practice, exercise, work period, study]

4:30-5:40pm​ Zazen, kinhin, zazen, service 

[Dinner on your own]

7:15-8:25pm​ Zazen, kinhin, zazen, refuges

Sunday

Morning schedule the same as Saturday

12:10pm ​Lunch on your own

1:30-2:40pm​ Zazen, kinhin, zazen

2:40-3:30pm​ Final circle and closing

A more specific, precise schedule will be provided with registration.

DOKUSAN (Private Interviews)

Our teacher, Peter Levitt will be offering private interviews (dokusan) to attendees during sesshin. A link will be provided in the registration confirmation email to allow you to request dokusan with Peter.

VIRTUAL ZENDO AND DOKUSAN

The zendo and dokusan (private interviews with Peter) will be accessed via Zoom. The link to the virtual zendo and dokusan room will be included in the confirmation letter you will receive shortly after successful registration.

DANA

The sliding scale registration fee for this event goes to SSZC to help with our operating expenses during this challenging time. Dana is a separate contribution which is made directly to our teacher, and is part of the traditional practice of a mutual exchange of generosity, nourishing all who are involved. In that spirit, donations are offered during the retreat in an amount each participant finds appropriate. Dana (donations) for Peter’s teachings may be made via PayPal through the ‘Donate’ button at saltspringzencircle.org

REGISTRATION SLIDING SCALE FEES

Registration fees for the sesshin are on a sliding scale from $75-$200.

No one will be turned away due to lack of funds; if you need to make alternative fee arrangements, please contact registrar Benny Baird at benjamin.william.baird@gmail.com​.

All fee payments are appreciated and support the ongoing function of our sangha. Payment of full fee amounts help defray sangha expenses and contribute to scholarship funding for participants who may require financial support to attend.

To Register, Click Here​.