January 2018 Intensive at Green Dragon Temple, GGF 1/6 – 1/28
Led by Senior Dharma Teacher Tenshin Reb Anderson
Saturday, January 6 (arrival day) – Sunday, January 28
The Pivotal Activity of All Buddhas: Face to Face Transmission in Zazen
You are welcome to apply to our annual three-week retreat, which offers an opportunity to join the Green Dragon Community in a period of intensive monastic Zen practice. Our schedule will include morning, afternoon, and evening meditation; formal (oryoki) meals, periods of work practice, dharma talks, classes, and group discussions. The Intensive will conclude with a five-day sesshin.There will also be formal and informal meetings with teachers, and classes given by the leader of the Intensive. The Intensive will conclude with a five-day sesshin.
This retreat will offer a path to realize the intimate face to face transmission of the buddhas and ancestors through wholehearted meeting and conversing in stillness.
Dogen Zenji celebrates this zazen in the following poem:
The pivotal activity of all buddhas,
The active pivot of all ancestors
It is present as not thinking (and thinking)
It is complete as not interacting (and interacting)
Present as not thinking (and thinking),
this presence is intimate of itself.
Complete as not interacting (and interacting),
this completion is verified of itself.
This presence that is intimate of itself
is never defiled.
This completion that is verified of itself
Is never absolute or relative
Intimacy that is never defiled, this intimacy is
liberated without relying on anything
Verification that is never absolute or relative, this
Verification is genuine, actualized without any attempt.
The water is clear to the bottom: fish swim like fish.
The sky is vast reaching into the heavens: birds fly like birds.
- Download an application: [Word] [PDF]
- Email your application to GGF Director's Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Intensive fees*:
- $1,070 – shared student housing
- $1,365 – shared guest housing
- $1,815 – private guest housing (if available)
- Payment may be made by cash, check, or credit card in US DOLLARS ONLY. Green Gulch cannot accept payment in foreign currencies.
- Some partial scholarships may be available upon request. Contact the Green Gulch Farm director (email@example.com).
- Please contact the GGF Director's Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need an early acceptance notification to book flights and make similar arrangements.
Deadline for applications: November 21. Late applications will be considered in mid-December, if space allows.
*The fees for the Green Gulch Farm January Intensive do not fully cover the cost of maintaining Green Gulch Farm during the month of January. Please consider making a donation to San Francisco Zen Center to support the Intensive and the precious training and teachings offered at Green Gulch Farm–Green Dragon Temple, now and in the future.