March 11, 2012 Retreat: Zazen-kai

The first retreat of 2012 will be held at The Center at Westwoods, in Westwood, Massachusetts on March 11  from 12 pm – 4 pm. This is our first time at The Center, which offers a peaceful and natural setting for retreats.

The afternoon will include a Dharma talk and the opportunity to engage in different aspects of formal Zen meditation practice. These include seated meditation (Zazen), walking meditation (Kinhin), and chanting. Formal tea (Sarei) will be served and an afternoon snack will be available. Please join us!


The cost for the afternoon is $40/$35 for members.  Please make checks payable to Houn-an, Dharma Cloud Hermitage. Arrangements can be made for a sliding fee.

Transportation & Arrival

If you can offer a ride or you need one, please let us know so we can arrange for car pooling.
Please arrive by 11:45 am.

Sign up & Questions

To sign-up or to ask questions please use the Contact Form or telephone Shukō or Dokurō at 617-800-9585.
Instruction is available for those who are new to this form or who would like a refresher.

What to bring

If you have a favorite cushion, feel free to bring it along. Loose fitting clothing or robes are suitable. There will be outside walking meditation weather permitting.


Formal Practice

Sitting for extended time with a group of Zen students deepens our experience and understanding of how this universe comes into existence and how it disappears. Formal practice allows us to let go within a safe environment, among equals. In absolute silence and stillness a different dynamic unveils itself, allowing us to contemplate existential questions.

Zen practice is not an escape.  To the contrary it encourages us to engage fully in our daily activities wherever we are. Zen practice teaches us be more open, authentic, and passionate in our relationships and to act wholeheartedly and without hesitation.


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