We have finally arranged our retreat schedule for 2010, though still in the works are additional intro to zen practice weekends and the next zen arts series. Below are the firm dates for the zazenkai/afternoon workshop and sesshin retreats.
Coming up this weekend is our last half day zazenkai and afternoon workshop of 2009 which will focus on the teachings of Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi. The sitting will be from 9-noon and the afternoon workshop will be from 1:30-4:30pm. The suggested donation is $25, but above all just come and participate in whatever you can of the day.
On December 6th, we will be hosting our annual Holiday celebration at Black Oak Farm from 2pm till whenever. Please bring a dish to share!
On December 11-13 we will hold our Rohatsu Sesshin retreat at Lourdes College. Registration forms for this retreat are available at the zen center or by email request.
The year 2010 will start with a big first for the sangha as we will have our Jukai retreat days and the ceremony with Melissa Myozen Blacker Sensei. To receive the precepts is a great step in one's practice, and there will be a full meal of training and preparations offered. Registration forms for those considering receiving the precepts are available at the zen center or by email request.
Here are the Toledo Zen Center retreat dates for 2010:
Jan 10 - Jukai Retreat Day 1 at the Toledo Zen Center
Jan 22-24 - Jukai Retreat Days 2-4 at Lourdes College.
Feb 25-28 - Jukai Retreat Days and Ceremony With Melissa Sensei 5-8 at Lourdes College.
March 7 - Half Day Zazenkai 9-noon and afternoon workshop 1:30-4:30pm.
Apr 22-25 Sesshin at Lourdes College.
May 16 - Half Day Zazenkai 9-noon and afternoon workshop 1:30-4:30pm.
Jun 17-20 - Sesshin at Lourdes College.
Jul 11- Half Day Zazenkai 9-noon and afternoon workshop 1:30-4:40pm.
Aug 26-29 Sesshin at Lourdes College.
Sep 5 - Half Day Zazenkai 9-noon and afternoon workshop 1:30-4:30pm.
Oct 21-24 Sesshin at Lourdes College.
Nov 7 - Half Day Zazenkai 9-noon and afternoon workshop 1:30-4:30pm.
Dec 2-5 - Sesshin at Lourdes College.
In other news, we are working diligently on creating a new website complete with forums, information for beginners and a dharma store. We have the initial version in place and are now shaping the details, so look for the update notification soon!
- Jay and Karen