HALF DAY OF SILENCE
A Half Day of Silence is held the first Saturday of every month. The meditation practice is from 8am-12pm. All are welcome and the practice is free. Please arrive and be seated by 7:55am.
A half day of meditation in community is a dharma gate to explore the meditation practice in consecutive periods: focusing, dwelling, contemplating and relaxing into silence. A great opportunity to start cultivating your practice, building strength, resilience for those new to meditation, this time will be a perfect introduction to a retreat session, and for those already established in their practice you will have the opportunity to nourish it further. Periods of seated meditation, walking meditation, temple cleaning and community tea will all be carried out in silence.
GUIDELINES - PLEASE READ & OBSERVE
Arrival: Please enter Temple no later than 7:50am and be seated by 7:55am. Doors will be closed at 8:15am and no one will be allowed to enter during the retreat.
Silence: Start with sound of the Mukugyo and we remain silent during the sessions until the first minutes of the tea gathering.
Clothing: loose and comfortable
Cell Phones/Electronics: None. Please do not for any reason use cell phone, check cell phone, listen to music/recordings. (unless an emergency)
Closing Tea: The retreat will close with everyone joining in a gathering of drinking tea. The first 5 minutes are in silence and after the sound of wooden clackers, we come out of the silence. If for whatever reason you are unable to drink tea, please remain with everyone and drink water.