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Buddha's Robe Sewing Retreat, GGF 2015

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Sangetsu Kathy Early
Kiku Christina Lehnherr (Senior Dharma Teacher)
led by Sangestu Kathy Early (GGF sewing teacher)
and Kiku Christina Lehnherr (partial attendance)
at Green Gulch Farm

October 18 - 23, 2015
Sunday at 1:30 pm through Friday at noon

Called in Japanese Fukuden-kai, a gathering for sewing the robe which is called a “field of blessings,” this retreat will be devoted to sewing Buddha's robe and sitting zazen. Retreatants will join the Green Gulch community for morning and afternoon zazen, service and soji (temple cleaning), and will sew during the day.

The retreat is open to those who have permission from their teacher to sew a rakusu in preparation for receiving the precepts, or an okesa for priest ordination. Those who have already received the precepts and wish to sew another rakusu for themselves or someone else are also welcome, as are those who are training to teach robe sewing.

This retreat is particularly suited for those who want to sew Buddha’s robe and are unable to attend weekly classes at Green Gulch or City Center. Participants are welcome to stay for lunch after the retreat ends on Friday.

Participants may attend all, or any part of this retreat. Commuters are welcome.

Retreat Fees

Full Participation: $500. 
  • Fees include teaching, meals and overnight accommodations.
  • Accom­mo­dations: Green Gulch Farm Guest House and Wheelwright Center.
  • Partial scholarships may be available for people with limited income. Please call the main office for details: 415.354.0412.
Partial Participation:
  • $100 per day for teaching, meals and overnight accommodations.
  • Commuters:
    • $55 full day (including lunch)
    • $20 half-day (excluding meals).

Please use the Register Online button above (available soon) to register for one of the options above. If the retreat is sold out, please contact Green Gulch to talk through alternative options: 415.354.0412.

Please register in advance for full or partial attendance by Saturday, October 17.

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Related Bio(s):

Sangetsu Kathy Early
Sangetsu Kathy Early has been living and practicing at Zen Center, alternating between Tassajara and Green Gulch Farm, since the fall of 2000. She was ordained as a priest by Tenshin Reb Anderson in 2005 and is now living at Green Gulch Farm.

Kiku Christina Lehnherr (Senior Dharma Teacher)
Kiku Christina Lehnherr served as City Center abbess from 2012 to 2014. She has degrees in physical therapy and clinical psychology, and practiced both in Switzerland. A student of Tenshin Reb Anderson, she was ordained as a priest in 1993, and received dharma transmission in 2005. From 2003 to 2006 she served as head of practice (tanto) at City Center. Currently Christina lives in Marin, where she continues to support sitting groups and students as a non-residential teacher, as she did between 2006 and 2012.