with Kokyo Henkel
May 26-30 (Sunday-Thursday)
This study week will be a Genzo-e retreat, an exploration of an essay in Zen Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo (Treasury of the True Dharma Eye). In daily afternoon classes and discussion we will investigate Shobogenzo Shoji – “Birth and Death” – and the nonduality of samsara (the painful cycle of getting stuck again and again in habitual patterns) and nirvana (the joyful freedom from habitual patterns and suffering).
Explore residential life at Tassajara and how this way of life can help us to uncover our true nature. Aspects of daily life at Tassajara include the practice of Zazen (sitting meditation), ceremonies including Soto Zen services (chanting and bowing), participating in the life of the Sangha (community), taking up mindful work as practice, and studying the Dharma (Buddhist teachings). There will be opportunities to enjoy the precious gift of silence, as well as time for group discussion and individual practice discussion with the residential teachers.
Study Weeks are a wonderful opportunity to explore Zen teachings, meditation, and work practice under the guidance of a teacher. In the morning, participants join the residential community for the morning meditation program, breakfast, work practice, and lunch. Afternoons and evenings may include lectures, classes, small groups, opportunities to meet with the teacher, and ample personal time. Dinner is in the guest dining room.
The rate for Study Week is $68 per person, per day for shared guest accommodations. If you are traveling with a companion, private rooms are available for two.For Reservations
: Please call 1-888-743-9362
Kokyo Henkel has been practicing Zen since 1990 in residence at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, and Bukkokuji Monastery in Japan. He was ordained as a priest in 1994 by Tenshin Anderson Roshi and received Dharma Transmission from him in 2010. Kokyo is currently Head Teacher at Santa Cruz Zen Center and the partner of Shoho Kuebast.