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    5 Day retreat

    Starting right now, I will be sitting a five day retreat in the Zazen Hall.

    What the Retreat will consist of:

    Zazen
    Kinhin
    Oryoki (Not the forms, just breakfast, lunch, supper etc., and perhaps some bowing before the meal)
    Samu (cleaning stuff)

    That's about it. I will set up the camera now. Will start in a bit. Sitting rounds are 15-30 minutes, then Kinhin. 12:00 lunch, then samu (maybe an hour or so). 10:00 bedtime. Morning 5 or 6 :00 shower, Zazen, samu, then zazen.You are welcome to join me whether it's 12, or bedtime, and so on. May be interupted by phone calls, life etc..

    Gassho

    W

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    Re: 5 Day retreat

    Neat I hope to sit with you in there.

    Gassho
    Shohei

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    Re: 5 Day retreat

    I'll definitely stop in sometime!

    Gassho,
    Dosho

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    Good on you!

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    You know. We think retreat like "Oh my god retreat! Like it's a really big deal. But it not such a big deal. It's mainly a chance to open up past a lot of your stuff, and just realize the moment. As Jundo says.

    Here's the thread:
    viewtopic.php?f=23&t=3492

    I'm very thankful for bieng able to sit this retreat, and I will be sitting for the next 3 days. Don't expect any "wow!" And extravaganza lol.

    Anyway, thanks for posting.

    Gassho

    Will

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    Re: 5 Day retreat

    Thank you Will.

    I have just finished the recording of the next zazenkai for saturday.
    Sitting, sitting, sitting...

    gassho


    Taigu

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    Re: 5 Day retreat

    The one thing I hate to see is people give up without realizing that they are just who they are. Wrinkles and all. We are not perfect. We may have our moments (and plenty of them. I've had quite a few during this retreat), but there is no reason to give up hope. Just this. Who you are. Past the struggle and the disecting every moment, is you. Warts and all. grumpy and nice. Compassionate, and stupid.

    To be honest, I "suck" at Zazen. I'm not a great retreat guy, or I can't sit for nine hours without flinching, but that's who I am. That's what I am (right now anyway), and there is always more time, more moments. Like now. Here.

    Thanks.

    Back to Zazen

    Will

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    Hi Will,

    The one thing I hate to see is people give up without realizing that they are just who they are. Wrinkles and all. We are not perfect.
    I am sure that you can even let go of that harsh tone. People give up. And it is okay. they are not perfect as you say. Nobody is. Take these people with you when you sit, sit for them. This is kannon-Will true activity.

    gassho


    Taigu

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    Hey Will,

    We are all sitting with you there in China. I have looked in and seen you, sat with you, a couple of times ... as we are almost in the same time zone. Same timeless zone.

    You are here in this room too. Same spaceless zone.

    Thank you for helping me have the backbone to finish my retreat.

    Gassho, J

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    Hi Will,
    I would love to sit with you some (It has been a very long time). But, I have a Mac and can no longer access the Oovoo zen-hall. Keep on keeping on. I'm still sitting with you - you just can't see me .

    Ron

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    Thanks guys. And thanks for sitting with me. It's really great practice and good I think.

    Sorry Ron. I meant you too lol

    Thanks.

    Gassho

    Will

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    Re: 5 Day retreat

    Hi Will,
    Thanks for the link.

    Gassho,
    John

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    Re: 5 Day retreat

    Good to sit with you, Will.

    gassho,
    Shujin

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    Gassho Shujin _/_

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    Also, if anyone is sceptical about Zen, knowledgable, superior, and brilliant, please sit with yourself for 5 days. Nothing can tell you more about this practice, then doing this practice.

    Deep Gassho

    W

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    Re: 5 Day retreat

    Quote Originally Posted by will
    Nothing can tell you more about this practice, then doing this practice.
    Excellent...just excellent.

    g,

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