November 26, 2012

Norway Sesshin, Feb. 8-10

Registration information for the upcoming Feb. 8-10 sesshin in Hemsedal, Norway has been released by the host (Norsk, English).  All are welcome:  the event will include additional instruction introducing newcomers to the Rinzai way of practice.

November 18, 2012

Sesshin recap, and upcoming Zazenkai

We've recently completed our fall sesshin, Nov. 1-4 at Daiyuzenji in Chicago. 12 participants sat strongly from Thursday evening through Sunday morning. Tesshin Brand served ably as tenzo, Alex Shakar did double-duty as inji and shika, and several trainees took turns in the Jikijitsu seat including Matt Wever, Miller Roshi and Meido Roshi. The two roshi also both gave dharma talks which will shortly be added to the RZC site members's resources page (along with a few others...we're a bit backlogged with talks!). Finally, Miller Roshi spent a period of time on Friday giving instruction in the massage techniques which are handed down in our lineage. Used to release tension especially arising from long hours of Zen practice, this was a welcome relief for many!

Coming up, the next overnight mini-retreat or zazenkai will be held at Daiyuzenji in Chicago, December 1-2. Zazenkai is a wonderful opportunity to deepen your practice in good company. The training forms used during sesshin are emphasized as well, so zazenkai is a good way to build up to attending a future sesshin. RZC teachers will be present to offer dharma talks and dokusan (interview periods).

The schedule begins Saturday evening at 6:30pm and ends Sunday at 11:30am. Participants may stay overnight at Daiyuzenji (please bring a sleeping bag). A traditional training breakfast will be provided on Sunday morning.

RZC will shortly release the 2013 schedule of events, including Chicago-area zazenkai and sesshin, on its website.

November 7, 2012

Autumn progress at Korinji

Korinji's last official samu weekend of the year was held Oct. 27-28, and dramatic progress was made in this final push. Greg Dekker ran over 700 feet of electrical wire through the walls and ceiling of the zendo, cut, spliced and installed into 5 ceiling light fixtures, 8 exterior light fixtures, 12 outlets and 9 light switches. We are now able to walk into the building and illuminate both inside and out at the flick of a few switches.

We're well-positioned now to wrap up the zendo in the spring. Quotes for insulation and drywall are in the works, and ceiling lights and fans are on order for the main training space. We look forward also to a marathon painting session in our future.

The grounds at Korinji are now quieter as the weather turns cool, and the maples have all turned gold and then shed their leaves already. We'll be up there for one more weekend, the 17th and 18th of this month. Contact Korinji if you're interested in coming up for this unofficial and more casual samu weekend; work will focus on cleaning up the building and grounds and prepping for winter.