This Saturday: A One Day Zen Sit With Zen teachers James Ishmael Ford & Gesshin Greenwood

This Saturday: A One Day Zen Sit With Zen teachers James Ishmael Ford & Gesshin Greenwood June 21, 2017

BoWZ WestZen in Orange County

Join us for a day-long Zen meditation intensive led

by Roshi James Ishmael Ford
& Sensei Gesshin Greenwood.

This event is sponsored by the Blue Cliff Zen Sangha & the Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church.

This is our inaugural Blue Cliff (soon to be Bright Cloud) intensive Zen meditation retreat. It consists almost entirely of zazen in twenty-five minute sessions broken with five to seven minute kinhin (slow follow-the-leader walking meditation).

There will be a liturgy in the morning. There will be a dharma talk in the afternoon. Also in both the morning and afternoon during meditation there will be opportunities to meet with a teacher in brief private interviews (dokusan).

There will be a one hour lunch break (brown bag or there are fast food restaurants in the area, although we discourage leaving campus during the break) We will end a few minutes ahead of five as we must clean up and be gone before six.

James at UUBF convocation

It is this Saturday, June the 24th, 2017
from 9am (promptly) to 5pm (with a one hour brown bag lunch break).

Our retreat leaders are:

James Ford, the guiding teacher of Blue Cliff Zen is an ordained Soto Zen priest and a founding teacher of Boundless Way Zen. James is the author of four books on Zen. His fifth book The Language of Dragons: Zen Meditation and the Koan of Our Lives is due out from Wisdom Publications in September of 2018.

James blogs as Monkey Mind.

Greenwood-GesshinGesshin Greenwood is an ordained Soto Zen priest and the author of the forthcoming book Bow First, Ask Questions Later: Reluctant Wisdom on Ordination, Love, and Zen Training in Japan, due out from Wisdom Publications in May of 2018.

Gesshin blogs as That’s So Zen.



We will also be assisted by Boundless Way senior Dharma teacher Jan Seymour-Ford.

Our retreat will meet at the Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church

845 Mesa Verde Drive E, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

We will gratefully accept free-will donations to help defray the costs to the church.

To register or for more information write us at

Blue Cliff Zen Sangha

Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!

What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment