2014 New Year’s Zen Retreat


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Altar at Empty Nest Zendo with statue of Tara and flowers

Central Valley Zen Foundation announces the annual New Year’s Retreat at Empty Nest Zendo  from  Saturday, December 28, 2013 to  Wednesday, January 1, 2014.

The retreat will be led by Abbess Myoan Grace Schireson, dharma heir in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.  Abbess Schireson is the author of  Zen Women:  Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens, and Macho Masters.

The retreat begins Saturday afternoon, and ends mid-day on the following Wednesday.  Sitting periods will be 25-30 minutes long, and chairs are available.  A New Year’s ceremony, bonfire, and New Year’s Day buffet are a special part of this retreat.

Meals (except for buffet dinners) will be “oryoki” style (eaten in the meditation hall).  Grace calls oryoki, “The most fun you can have with three bowls.”  The first oryoki meal will include instruction, so no prior experience is necessary.

Empty Nest Zendo is located in the Yosemite foothills, about 40 miles north of Fresno, and offers the opportunity to practice in a beautiful country setting.

The cost, including lodging, meals, and retreat fee, will be $350.  Scholarships are available.

Space is limited.  Please register with Laurie Senauke by email at lauries@kushiki.org

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Central Valley Zen Foundation

The Central Valley Zen Foundation (CVZF) is a non-profit religious organization devoted to the teaching and practice of Zen Buddhism. The Foundation is funded by tax deductible donations and currently supportsfour Zen practice groups in California’s Central Valley: Empty Nest Zen Group in North Fork, Valley Heartland Zen Group in Modesto, Zen Center of Fresno, and Modesto Zen Buddhist Recovery Group. CVZF was founded by Abbess Myoan Grace Schireson.

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