A Gentle Zen Retreat
Saturday, June 20, 2015 – Red Cedar Dharma Hall – 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Led by Shuko Edie Norton
A Day of Silence to Explore Different Zazen Postures and Their Effects on Meditation
As our annual June sesshin with Norman is getting underway down on Samish Island, Red Cedar Zen is also offering a one-day retreat in Bellingham. This will be a quiet, less strenuous day than the usual zen retreat. It is designed for students of all ages and zazen experience, but particularly for those with physical limitations that prevent them from sitting cross-legged on zafus or for long days. Together we will explore several different zazen postures, including recumbent zazen. Our purpose will be to discover how we can work with our bodies in zazen, rather than
struggling to conquer them. We will explore how different zazen postures affect our states of mind. Our hope is to develop and enjoy an experience of deep zazen that will refresh and
Some words of the Eihei Koso Hotsuganmon sutra will guide us:
Those who in past lives were not enlightened will now be enlightened.
In this life, save the body, which is the fruit of many lives.
Before Buddhas were enlightened, they were the same as we.
Enlightened people of today are exactly as those of old.
$20 for RCZC members, $25 for non-members
Please register by June 13, 2015
Please bring a bag lunch (to be stored downstairs in the refrigerator) and arrive by 8:15 am.
Zazen will begin promptly at 8:30 am. If you have your own zafu and/or zabutan, please also bring those, as many of RCZC’s with be being used at Samish.