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Winter Practice Period 2022

Winter Practice Period in 2022 is being led by Shuso Seiu Hannah Sullivan, and is guided by a conversation with the classic Mahayana wisdom text The Diamond Sutra. We’ll consider themes of generosity, emptiness, and transcendental wisdom as we explore these ancient teachings. There are many opportunities to participate in Winter Practice Period, in a variety of ways. This web page provides a hub for participants. 

Overview & Schedule

Following is a list of Winter Practice Period activities. For details about each of these activities, and links to register, see the Winter Practice Period 2022 (Overall Registration) web page. In addition to these activities, we will continue our usual ongoing practice schedule.
  • Opening Ceremony - Thursday Jan 6, 7pm - 9pm
  • Opening Sesshin - Saturday Jan 7, 7am - 5pm
  • Practice Period Class - Thursdays during regular evening practice, Jan 20 - Feb 24, 7pm - 9pm
  • Mid Practice Period Check-in - Saturday Feb 5, 8:30am - 11am
  • Closing Sesshin - Thursday Mar 3 through Saturday March 5
  • Shuso's Dharma Inquiry Ceremony - Saturday Mar 5, 2pm
  • Closing Circle - Thursday Mar 10, 7pm - 9pm 

Resources for Shuso Class

Main Text

Recommended Text

Additional Resources

  • Edward Conze, Buddhist Wisdom (1958 orig 2001 Vantage Press sold by Wisdom Publications)

  • Thomas Cleary, The Sutra of Hui-Nang Grand Master of Zen (Shambhala 1998, commentary on the Diamond Sutra)

  • AF Price and Wong Mou-Lam, The Diamond Sutra

  • Tova Green, The Way of Study (free online)

  • British Museum, Diamond Sutra - photos of the original scroll (free online)

More Resources

  • Memorial and well being listsadd any names for our morning health and well-being and memorial ceremonies each morning.
  • Downloadable Printable Chant Book (click the link to download our chant book as a PDF document reformatted for home printers)
  • Meal Chant we’ll do before each meal break

Zoom Room Access

Internet out or no access to a gadget? You can also connect to the Virtual Zendo by telephone.

Dial 253-215-8782, enter our Meeting ID: 560 179 1305.

Please contact info@redcedarzen.org for the passcode.

To mute and unmute when connected by phone press *6.

Tea with Shuso

Practice Period Participants are warmly invited to have tea with the shuso to discuss practice and get to know each other more deeply. Both in-person and remote teas are available. Follow the link below to sign up for a time, and select your preferred format.

Dokusan Sign Up

Dokusan is a private interview with a teacher.

Click the appropriate link below to go to a Dokusan Request form for the teacher of your choice in the current sesshin. You may also make your request before sesshin starts.

Dana (teacher donations)

Our retreat teachers and hike leaders are not compensated from registration fees. Please make a dana donation online with the Dana for Teachers Page.

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