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Spring Break 2014 Retreat
Second Annual College Spring Break Retreat
in North Carolina
Thursday March 13th — Sunday March 16th
(Topic yet to be determined)The Silent Thunder Order and the NCSU Buddhist Philosophies group
are pleased to offer an introductory retreat
oriented for beginners and college students
who wish to deepen their meditation practice.The schedule will include sitting and walking meditation, meals,
Dharma Talks and private interviews (Dokusan)
offered by the Abbot of the Silent Thunder Order
Zenkai Taiun Michael Elliston roshi.
Attendees should plan to arrive by Thursday evening, for introduction and settling in.
Friday and Saturday will have full-day schedules.
Location: Private Residence on Lake Gaston, NC
We are going to try a different location this year, someplace in NC so the NCSU students don't have to travel so far to attend.
The retreat will take place in a private house on Lake Gaston, about 1 3/4 hour drive NE of Raleigh. The address is 124 Quail Hollow Drive, Littleton, NC, and here is a picture of the view from the house. And here is a map, which you can also use to view/print directions:
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Notes on what to bring / consider (for those new to retreats)
Arrive on Thursday, March 13th or Friday 14th. Arrive as early as you like on Thursday; I plan to arrive the night before to prepare so will be there all day. Please arrive no later than 6pm, so we can all eat together and have an evening sit and service.
Friday and Saturday will be a full day of Zazen, Kinhin, Dharma talks and Dokusan. Weather permitting, we may be able to have some Zazen and/or Kinhin outside by the lake. A detailed schedule will be developed and posted.
Sunday the 16th we will visit the Chapel Hill Zen Center for Zazen and the morning service, where Elliston-roshi will give the Dharma talk. Afterwards, Joho Pat Phelan-roshi will talk with us and give us a tour of the CHZC.
Cost: Due to the unique situation of college students, this retreat is offered for a flat fee of $100
for full-time students; regular retreat fee policies apply to all others.
(read about Dana the Perfection of Giving here)
ASZC Sewing Weekend
The weekend of January 18, 19 and 20 we are honored to have our Sewing Teacher Kaaren Wiken with us and the people who are sewing Rakusu and Okesa will have a special opportunity to work with her. Others are invited to help and support those who are sewing by sewing or helping with meals. And if there's anyone who wants to learn some Zen sewing that's not Rakusu or Okesa Kaaren will gladly instruct them in sewing envelopes, altar clothes, zafu, zabuton, oryoki linens .... whatever...Cost will be $15 per night for people staying at the zendo and $50 per day for the sewing, Anyone wishing to contribute additional dana for Kaaren is invited to do so. For more information contact Carola Butler firstname.lastname@example.org
ROHATSU SESSHINDec 1-8 2013BUDDHA'S ENLIGHTENMENT
Sesshin means to unify or expound the Mind. It offers a unique opportunity to deepen practice and training in an intensive immersion into zazen (shikantaza).
The annual Rohatsu Sesshin is unique in that we sit up all night the last day in observance of Buddha's Enlightenment. We will be practicing at the Zonolite training center.
Elliston Sensei will lead a series of informal discussions on experience during zazen, and will offer daily dokusan, time TBD.
Follow the schedule to the degree possible. As a lay practice Sangha we recognize family and work-related responsibilities and encourage partial attendance as well. If possible please attend the orientation on Sunday and plan your entry and exit during break times. Please inform the Retreat Leader (Ino) if and when you must be absent. (download schedule here)
Meals will be informal and Oryoki-style at the discretion of the Tenzo; please bring your bowl set if you have one; if not one will be provided. Please let Tenzo know of any special dietary
Please observe silence when arriving, leaving, and especially between lights out until the middle breakfast bell is rung. Please avoid reading; talking only when necessary and during formal dialog.
Please register in advance so we may adequately prepare. You may register by sending an email to Register@aszc.org. Retreat fees constitute a large portion of our operating budget and make it possible for us to provide a facility in which to hold retreat. The fee schedule is available here; one may pay online here, or in person during the retreat.
ASZC Homecoming 2013
You are cordially invited to attend a special Homecoming and Open House Sunday December 1st from Noon to 3:00 pm at the Atlanta Soto Zen Center.
Please join us for lunch and to become reacquainted with your Zen community. Please bring your family and friends; children are welcome.
So we know how many to prepare for, please reply to us personally by phone or email, and include your phone number if you like; we will follow up to confirm.
Board of Directors ASZC Founded 1977
770-328-3225 (call or text)
2013 STO Founders Month Fundraising Campaign
Dear Friends of the Silent Thunder Order,
Our STO Founders Month Fundraising Campaign is in full swing. We would like to urge everyone to contribute what you can meet our funding goal of $6000. Your contribution is important in helping support STO and all our efforts to promote Soto Zen Practice and the work started our Founder. Please help at this time with a donation. If all of us can contribute just $20 to $100, or whatever you are able to give, this will greatly help us to reach our goal. See the information below on how to make your tax deductible donation.
This November marks the 101st Anniversary of our Lineage Founder Soyu Matsuoka Roshi’s birth. During November each year we deeply reflect on Matusoka Roshi’s historic efforts to transmit Buddha’s Teachings to America. Matsuoka Roshi (November 25, 1912 – November 20, 1997) was born and passed away in the month of November. He first came to the United States in 1939 at the request of Soto Zen Headquarters in Japan and was an important early Zen pioneer.
When I personally think of Matsuoka Roshi, I remember his warm sincere spirit, his strong resolve, and compassion to help everyone in their life and along the Buddha’s Path. Matsuoka Roshi taught that everything that we encounter in life is part of our Zen Training. One of his favorite expressions was “Nchi niche kori ko jitsu”, “Every day is a fortunate day.” In Zen practice, we find our way each day, each moment of our lives.