led by Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts
August 22 - 25, 2013
Arrive Wednesday, Aug 21, 6 pm; ends Sunday, Aug 25, 2 pm Please register by Friday, August 16
The August sesshin at Green Dragon Temple comes at a beautiful time at Green Gulch—the height of the growing season. We will look at Dogen's Mountains and Waters Sutra
, studying the reality of our interconnected existence. Sesshin is an intensive time to gather the mind and deepen one’s practice in a traditional silent Soto Zen meditation retreat that includes sitting (zazen) and walking meditation (including daily outdoor walking), Dharma talks and private interviews with senior teachers, formal zendo (meditation hall) meals,* and work practice.
In order to help you understand the basic features of our formal retreats, and to be clear about the details of the practice, please review a typical sesshin schedule
, as well as our guidelines for zendo conduct
. We ask those who attend sesshin to commit to following these guidelines and to participating in the schedule completely. **If you have not participated in a San Francisco Zen Center sesshin before, please communicate with the head of the meditation hall (Ino
) before registering. If you have questions regarding the schedule or guidelines, please also consult with the Ino via email () before completing your registration.
**Prerequisite for sitting sesshin:
at least one, and preferably two, one-day sittings at Green Gulch or City Center. Orientation:
Please arrive for dinner at 6 pm and attend the orientation immediately following. Orientation for sesshin meals
and instruction in the use of the eating bowls (oryoki) will be offered at 4:30 pm (before dinner).
*Each sesshin participant will need a set of eating bowls and utensils (oryoki) for the formal meal practice in the meditation hall. If you do not have a set, you will need to purchase one for an additional $55. To purchase your own oryoki set, contact the Green Gulch Farm Ino by email (). Meals are included in the cost of sesshin. Fee:
$320; $288 current SFZC members. (We offer a few partial scholarships for people with limited income. Please call the main office for details, at 415.383.3134.) To Register:
Use the ticket table below. See prerequisite, above.** Or call our toll free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362). Register by Friday, August 16.
Eijun Linda Cutts (Abiding Abbess of Green Gulch Farm Zen Center)
Eijun Linda Cutts came to San Francisco Zen Center in 1971 and was ordained as a priest in 1975. She has lived at Tassajara and San Francisco City Center, and has resided at Green Gulch Farm since 1993. In 1996 Linda received Dharma transmission from Tenshin Reb Anderson and served as Abbess of San Francisco Zen Center from 2000 to 2007. She was appointed Abiding Abbess of Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in 2010 and continues to teach and lead practice periods and retreats at Tassajara, Green Gulch, and elsewhere.