A three-day intensive Zen meditation retreat with James Myoun Ford
Sesshin is an opportunity to practice wholeheartedly and deepen your understanding of the dharma. We will be gathering at the Pine Mountain Buddhist Temple & Meditation Retreat in the Ventura County Mountains of Southern California. Myoun Roshi will be assisted by Senior Dharma Teacher Jan Seymour-Ford. Other Zen priests and teachers may be joining us for all or part of the retreat. Stay tuned for announcements.
Sesshin Details & Application Form
Empty Moon Sangha Sesshin Thursday evening the 19th of September, through late morning on the 22th.
By applying you are agreeing to attend the entire retreat, keeping the schedule, and following instructions from the teachers and leaders. This practice is intense and difficult and is only open to people who have a regular silent sitting meditation practice and who have sat at least one half-day retreat in either a Zen, Vipassana, Dzogchen, or similar discipline.
Pine Mountain Buddhist Temple is extremely remote, approximately forty miles into the mountains from the nearest towns. It is high desert, at approximately four thousand feet. So be ready for it being hot during the day and cold at night.
Sleeping arrangements are dormitory. You need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow or sheets and blankets. Bedding is available from the monastery at an additional cost of ten dollars. If you plan on using the monastery's bedding, we need to know this in advance.
There are male and female identified dormitories. If you have a special need in this regard, please let us know in advance. If we can accommodate your special need we will. If we cannot we will let you know in time for you to decide if the alternatives we can offer are acceptable.
To apply, please respond to the following questions. They include some personal questions. Your answers to those will be held in confidence and no records beyond name and contact information will be retained after the retreat. We only ask these questions because a Zen retreat is a strenuous practice both physically and psychologically. While we try to be kind, the container of the practice is not.
Please describe your meditation practice history.
All meals will be vegetarian. Please list any food allergy/dietary restrictions
Do you snore or use a CPAP?
Do you have any physical limitations we should be aware of?
Do you have any psychological concerns that should be noted, such as major diagnosis?
Do you take any medications that we need to be aware of?
Will you need to use bedding provided by the monastery? (there is an additional fee of ten dollars for this)
Location Pine Mountain Buddhist Temple 941 Lockwood Valley Road Maricopa, CA 93252
All fees need to be paid one week prior to the beginning of the sesshin.
If you cannot pay the fee, please send a note to our registrar (email below), and we will try to find a way to make it work for you.
Please note this fee does not include renumeration for any of the teachers or staff. Dana, a free-will offering will be accepted at the end of the sesshin in appreciation of those of the teachers who give talks and offer interviews, as well as for the tenzo (head cook).
A Check list of what you need to bring Please be aware that the monastery is in a remote area, and it will not be possible to obtain any of these things if you do not bring them yourself.
Sweater or sweatshirt
Please wear muted colored clothing. Black gets you a gold star.
A sleeping bag and pillow or sheets and blankets. The monastery can provide bedding for an additional charge of $10. This needs to be arranged in advance.
Towels and toiletries
Oryoki Set (or see Meals section for what you need to make your own)
Any necessary medications
Meals All meals are vegetarian. We will eat at tables but otherwise in formal Oryoki style. If you do not own an oryoki set, you will need to bring three bowls that can stack, chopsticks (If you cannot use chopsticks, then a fork), a spoon, and a small spatula. For cloths, you will need a washcloth, a cloth napkin, and a larger cloth such as a bandana.
Registration With the included questions answered send your registration letter to:
Empty Moon Zen Sangha 2436 E. Fourth Street #889 Long Beach, CA 90814
Please include your check made out to "Blue Cliff Zen Sangha." (Please note even though we have changed our sangha's name, our accounts are still in the Blue Cliff name) If for some reason we cannot accommodate you, your check will be returned. For any questions please email us at Emptymoonzen@gmail.com