Join us for a day-long Zen meditation intensive led
by Roshi James Ishmael Ford
& Sensei Gesshin Greenwood.
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.
It is this Saturday, June the 24th, 2017
from 9am (promptly) to 5pm (with a one hour brown bag lunch break).
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.
Gesshin 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
We will gratefully accept free-will donations to help defray the costs to the church.
To register or for more information write us at firstname.lastname@example.org