Our Guest Student Program offers short-term residency to those interested in beginning or continuing Zen practice with the support of a community. Guest students participate in the daily life of Green Gulch, which includes several periods of zazen (sitting meditation), services (sutra chanting), morning and afternoon work (frequently of a physical nature), informal study and meals. We also offer zazen instruction, classes and lectures on Buddhism, and the opportunity for discussions and meetings with teachers and practice leaders.
The cost is $25 per day with a seven-day minimum. A $50 non-refundable deposit is due once you have received confirmation of your Guest Student stay. For more information please write the Guest Student Manager via email.
Note: From April to August 2014, Green Gulch will be renovating its student dormitory. Guest student spaces are limited during this time, and we are currently able to make reservations only six weeks in advance.
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Planning Your Stay
The guest student program begins on Saturday evenings with dinner and an opening orientation, and continues for a minimum of five nights. A full week’s stay (Saturday to Saturday) is preferred. You may schedule a longer stay on a week-to-week basis for up to six weeks. (A minimum stay of three nights may be possible for those with recent guest student experience, depending on space availability.)
Rooms are shared and space is limited. Booking is done in order of application received, with preference given to those able to complete the full week’s schedule.
In the spirit of maintaining the Buddhist precepts, guest students are asked to refrain from drug or alcohol use and from initiating new sexual relationships during their guest student stay. We also discourage the use of tobacco while in residence.
Please discuss any concerns you may have with the Guest Student Manager before entering the program.
Suggested reading: Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki.
GUEST STUDENT SCHEDULE
The Guest Student Program includes complete participation in the schedule. It is requested that any exceptions be communicated to the Guest Student Manager.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
5:00am Zazen (meditation)
5:40 Kinhin (walking meditation)
6:30 Service (chanting and bowing)
7:00 Soji (temple cleaning)
7:15 Breakfast (silent first ten minutes)
8:30 Work Meeting (in enclosed deck area upstairs)
8:40 Work (meet the Guest Student Manager and guest students in the dining room)
12:15pm Lunch (silent first ten minutes)
3:15 End Work
7:30 (or 7:50) Zazen (optional)
Regular schedule through 11:00am
11:00am Guest Student Tea
1:00pm Lunch dishes. Afternoon and evening are free.
7:30pm (or 7:50) Zazen (optional)
Regular schedule until 10:00am
11:15 Serve tea to Sunday visitors
Regular afternoon and evening schedule.
During Practice Periods there are additional scheduled periods of zazen in the evenings.