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    • 06 Dec 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • 11 Dec 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • In-Person Only
    Registration is closed

    with Guo Gu


    In the Chan tradition, there are two main approaches to awakening: the method of silent illumination (mòzhào) and investigating a critical phrase (huàtóu). The former is a settling method of serene reflection on the nature of awareness; the latter is an explosive approach that aims to concentrate and shatter all mental states so awakening manifests. Retreat practice is an excellent way to deepen our practice, as it allows practitioners to engage with the meditation method in a sustained, focused way under a protected environment with a retreat teacher. Practitioners receive guidance on issues or experiences that wouldn't normally arise in daily or individual practices.

    Aside from the many periods of sitting meditation, there will also be stretching exercises, walking meditations, and outdoor direct contemplation. There will also be mindful eating and work practices. There will be daily Dharma talks by Guo Gu, and opportunities for personal consultations to practice (ONLY for those attending in person - Guo Gu will not be able to offer personal consultations to those attending online).


    The target audience recommended for this retreat consists of individuals who have maintained a regular and stable meditation routine for a minimum duration of one year. 


    Retreat Logistics

    This retreat will offer both in-person participation at FCM ’s Tampa Center and online participation. THIS REGISTRATION PAGE IS FOR IN-PERSON PARTICIPATION ONLY. Please visit the Online Retreat page if you wish to attend online.

    The retreat will begin with orientation at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, December 6 and ends after lunch on Monday, December 11. Participation is open to both FCM members and non-members.


    The fee for in-person participation is $400 for overnighters and $300 for commuters, with a $50 deposit required to register. The balance of the fee will be due by November 20. 


    Retreat Scholarships are available; please click here to see FCM’s Retreat Scholarship Policy and for an Application, which needs to be submitted prior to the registration deadline for this retreat. The teachings are offered in the Buddhist tradition of Dana, wherein the teachers freely give of themselves to the students out of gratitude for what they’ve received from their teachers and a desire to be of service. The student’s response is also based on Dana, i.e. generosity that naturally flows from a sense of appreciation of the value of Dharma and gratitude to the living lineage. All retreat dana will go towards supporting the retreat teachers.


    The retreat registrar will be sending additional information to registrants once registration is closed, including retreat protocols, schedules, and Zoom links.


    Registration for this retreat is now closed.


    Retreat Leader

    Guo Gu (Dr. Jimmy Yu) is the founder of the Tallahassee Chan Center, the founder of the socially engaged intra-denominational Buddhist organization, Dharma Relief, and a professor of Buddhism and East Asian religions at Florida State University. He studied under the late Master Sheng Yen for over 30 years, nine of which as his attendant monk and most senior and closest disciple. He is the author of The Essence of Chan (2012), Passing Through the Gateless Barrier (2016), and Silent Illumination (2021).


    Questions?
    For more information, please contact Angie at parrish26@gmail.com.

    • 06 Dec 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • 11 Dec 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • Online Only
    • 30
    Registration is closed

    with Guo Gu


    In the Chan tradition, there are two main approaches to awakening: the method of silent illumination (mòzhào) and investigating a critical phrase (huàtóu). The former is a settling method of serene reflection on the nature of awareness; the latter is an explosive approach that aims to concentrate and shatter all mental states so awakening manifests. Retreat practice is an excellent way to deepen our practice, as it allows practitioners to engage with the meditation method in a sustained, focused way under a protected environment with a retreat teacher. Practitioners receive guidance on issues or experiences that wouldn't normally arise in daily or individual practices.

    Aside from the many periods of sitting meditation, there will also be stretching exercises, walking meditations, and outdoor direct contemplation. There will also be mindful eating and work practices. There will be daily Dharma talks by Guo Gu, and opportunities for personal consultations to practice (ONLY for those attending in person - Guo Gu will not be able to offer personal consultations to those attending online).

    The target audience recommended for this retreat consists of individuals who have maintained a regular and stable meditation routine for a minimum duration of one year. 


    Retreat Logistics

    The retreat will offer both in-person participation at FCM ’s Tampa Center and online participation. THIS REGISTRATION PAGE IS FOR ONLINE PARTICIPATION ONLY. Please visit the In-Person Retreat page if you wish to attend in person.

    The retreat will begin with the opening session at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, December 6. The retreat will end with at noon on Monday, December 11.


    The fee for the retreat is $150. Retreat Scholarships are available; please click here to see FCM’s Retreat Scholarship Policy and for an Application, which needs to be submitted prior to the registration deadline for this retreat. The teachings are offered in the Buddhist tradition of Dana, wherein the teachers freely give of themselves to the students out of gratitude for what they’ve received from their teachers and a desire to be of service. The student’s response is also based on Dana, i.e. generosity that naturally flows from a sense of appreciation of the value of Dharma and gratitude to the living lineage. All retreat dana will go towards supporting the retreat teachers.


    The retreat registrar will be sending additional information to registrants once registration is closed.


    The retreat registrar will be sending additional information to registrants once registration is closed, including retreat protocols, schedules, and Zoom links.


    The last day to register for online participation in this retreat is November 25.


    Retreat Leader

    Guo Gu (Dr. Jimmy Yu) is the founder of the Tallahassee Chan Center, the founder of the socially engaged intra-denominational Buddhist organization, Dharma Relief, and a professor of Buddhism and East Asian religions at Florida State University. He studied under the late Master Sheng Yen for over 30 years, nine of which as his attendant monk and most senior and closest disciple. He is the author of The Essence of Chan (2012), Passing Through the Gateless Barrier (2016), and Silent Illumination (2021).


    Questions?
    For more information, please contact Angie at parrish26@gmail.com.


    • 06 Feb 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • 11 Feb 2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • In-Person Only
    Register

    with Roshis Chozen and Hogen Bays


    How often in your daily life do you allow yourself to reflect on your own impermanence, mortality, your own death? During this retreat we take up the Buddha’s Parinirvana – the Buddha’s death – as the essential meditative inquiry into our own relationship with death, dying and the uncertainties of this life.

    With the guidance of experienced teachers and the stillness and quiet of retreat, the structure and support needed to look into the many misconceptions, fears and anxieties we carry, consciously and unconsciously, surrounding the fragility of life will be examined. As we allow our body, heart and mind to deeply settle and rest, we will feel our way into some fundamental life questions that we rarely ask ourselves: Who is it that’s alive right now? Who or what dies? What remains after death?

    The great Zen teachers have all encouraged us, “if you die before you die, you will no longer fear your death or your life.” In this time of great uncertainty for the planet and our species, this profound spiritual insight will give us the courage to directly face the unknown so we can live our lives with unshakeable stability, unceasing compassion, and deep understanding.

    A Zen silent meditation retreat can be rigorous and, at times, challenging, and is not recommended for beginners. In order to attend in person, it is recommended that you have first attended one of our silent weekend or longer retreats or a five-to-seven day silent retreat at another Buddhist Center.


    Retreat Logistics


    This retreat is in-person only participation at FCM ’s Tampa Center. The retreat will begin with orientation at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, February 6 and ends after lunch on Sunday, February 11. Participation is open to both FCM members and non-members.


    The fee for in-person participation is $450 for overnighters and $350 for commuters, with a $50 deposit required to apply. The deadline for application for this retreat will be December 20 We anticipate that we may have more applicants than spaces available for this retreat, so please understand that this application DOES NOT guarantee you a spot in the retreat. We will notify all applicants by December 27 as to whether or not they have been accepted into the retreat. For those accepted, the balance of the fee will be then be due by January 5, otherwise the spot will be given to another applicant. 


    Retreat Scholarships are available; please click here to see FCM’s Retreat Scholarship Policy and for an Application, which needs to be submitted prior to the registration deadline for this retreat. The teachings are offered in the Buddhist tradition of Dana, wherein the teachers freely give of themselves to the students out of gratitude for what they’ve received from their teachers and a desire to be of service. The student’s response is also based on Dana, i.e. generosity that naturally flows from a sense of appreciation of the value of Dharma and gratitude to the living lineage. All retreat dana will go towards supporting the retreat teachers.


    The retreat registrar will be sending additional information to accepted registrants once registration is closed.


    Retreat Leaders

    Roshi Chozen Bays has been the teacher for Zen Community of Oregon since 1985. In 2002 she helped to found Great Vow Zen Monastery and is co-abbot. In 2011 she also helped found Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple in Portland, Oregon. She has written books on mindfulness and mindful eating, and written articles published in Buddhadharma and Shambhala Sun.

    Roshi Hogen Bays began practicing Zen in 1968 with Philip Kapleau, Roshi doing residential training at Zen Center of Rochester and eventually at Zen Center of Los Angeles with Taizan Maezumi Roshi. He continued his Zen studies with Shodo Harada Roshi in Japan and on Whidbey Island from 1990 – 2015. He’s a psychologist and Naturopathic Doctor (ND). He is co-abbot of Great Vow Zen Monastery.


    Questions?
    For more information, please contact Angie at
    parrish26@gmail.com.



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