Sun, 30 Oct|
Online - home dojo
'Spring Mind' Sesshin 2022 - online
Welcome to Spring Sesshin 2022, a home hermitage/hybrid sesshin where we will continue to take part from our home dojos, but will also be 'zooming in' to Cloud Mountain dojo.
time & place
30 Oct 2022, 6:00 pm AEDT – 04 Nov 2022, 9:00 am AEDT
Online - home dojo
Online home hermitage hybrid sesshin
Roshi Susan's invitation:
Spring comes with flowers, autumn with the moon,
Summer with a breeze, winter with snow.
When foolish things don’t stick in the mind,
This is your best season.
With Wumen’s words and Spring in the air, the great season of sesshin beckons once more.
And with a degree of Covid breathing space opening up at last, we’re breathing life back into our
home dojo, with a hybrid in-person/online Spring Sesshin – culminating in a Spring Jukai to
which all are welcome to attend in person, and share in a celebratory picnic afterwards.
Sesshin rhythm and depth of practice found its way with considerable ease into online forms, in
these Covid years, drawing on what our bodies seem to know about how to come all the way
home in silence and attentive stillness, even when sitting ‘alone together’ online. But at last it
feels possible to move carefully back into a limited degree of in-person sesshin once more, while
also opening the dojo wide open to an online space of practice ‘ beamed in’ to the dojo in hybrid
Spring Sesshin has always been the deep well of practice from which all the other forms seem to
freely draw their power of transformation and strength of me-and-you connection. Please join us
for this Spring celebration of body and mind and the deeply quiet place where you are – which is
always where practice begins fresh, over and again.
So ~ let no foolish thing stick in your mind and don’t delay. Secure your place online now!
Note: Online participation is open to all, however participation at Cloud Mountain is by invitation only.
(Sadly) we have to limit the number of participants at Cloud Mountain to permit social distancing
in the dojo. Invitations have been extended to the three people doing Jukai, experienced sesshin
leaders, and participants with the skills needed to maintain sesshin form in its hybrid form.
We will enter sesshin on Sunday evening. The timetable of silence, zazen, sutras,
dokusan (both online and in person), and evening teisho will closely follow the pattern found to
best fit online sesshin participation, with longer rest breaks built in. Sesshin will close on Friday
morning with a rest period on Friday.
Part-time online attendance:. Everyone participating online is asked to attend as if full-time, from
Sunday evening through to Friday morning, except where work hours require them to be absent
during the daytime blocks of time.
We will regather for the Jukai ceremony at 10am on Saturday morning, followed by a community
picnic to celebrate the dojo reopening (ending 3pm). Everyone is warmly invited to attend the
Jukai ceremony on Saturday November 5 in person, and the celebratory picnic lunch.
The Jukai day is free to attend and open to all members.
You are asked to participate generously in the spirit and practice of dana that underlies and flows
through the whole of this sesshin. The practice of ‘Dana’ – unstinting mind - is the first and most fundamental ‘Paramita’, or ‘perfection of practice’. From the time of the Buddha, the teaching has depended for its survival
on the generosity of all who value it and want to ensure it continues helping people find their path to awakening. Teachers receive a modest honorarium from sesshin fees, that bears no real world relationship to the weeks of
work and the decades deeply devoted to teaching and sangha building that makes this sesshin possible. Your
gesture of support means a lot and is truly appreciated.
COVID safe policy: No in-person dojo attendance with symptoms, or within one week of testing positive
with Covid. A negative RAT result before entry is greatly appreciated. Isolating on site will be necessary
if symptoms appear during sesshin and Covid confirmed by RAT. Use masks indoors if unvaccinated or
vulnerable in terms of underlying health issues. Take all appropriate care with social distancing, and
Covid-safe sanitation practices in all food handling etc. Attendance on Saturday – also open to all on this basis.
- Ticket type
Spring Sesshin Online – 2022
Sliding scale etc etcPriceFrom $200.00 to $350.00
+$8.75 service fee+$8.75 service fee
+$7.00 service fee+$7.00 service fee
- Financial hardship$200.00
+$5.00 service fee+$5.00 service fee