Jikoji Retreat Center, 12100 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95033, phone: (408) 741-9562
COMMUNE WITH SPRING
through sitting meditation and guided walks
Friday - Sunday, April 25 - 27, 2014
Zen is inextricably interwoven with nature;
we learn through practice that we are a part of nature,
not separate from the open space which surrounds Jikoji.
During this weekend,
we will explore elements of the natural world
through our senses,
and through the words of Charles Ewing,
a naturalist for almost two decades at Pinnacles National Park,
and of Ingrid Mednis,
who was a caretaker at Jikoji for many years
and now is an interpreter at Henry Cowell State Park.
Peter Szydlowski will lead a starlight hike,
as he did during most of his years as a Pinnacle's interpreter.
Charles, Peter, and Ingrid have each been practicing
since individually meeting Kobun in the 1970s.
Ingrid and Charles will share their naturalist and interpretive skills
as we practice attentiveness to Nature on the nearby trails.
We'll practice "just sitting" zazen in the zendo with walls.
4-6 pm arrival, registration
6 pm dinner, cleanup, break
7:15 pm Zazen
Schedule to be determined, generally zazen and nature walks alternate
Saturday concludes with an evening starlight walk to ridge where we will sit zazen
and then return in silence to the zendo
Walking with nature awareness with Ingrid and Charles
Jikoji Sunday Program
- 10:00 a.m. zazen
- 10:40 kinhin
- 10:50 zazen
- 11:30 service
- 11:40 talk
- 12:30 social lunch
Afternoon walk with Ingrid
Zazen and closing remarks in the zendo
Jikoji will also be offering a workshop that afternoon,
so participants will have the option as to which, if any, event they would like to attend
Spirit of Walking by Charles Ewing
The Attentive Heart, particularly the essay "Called by Alders", by sangha member Stephanie Kaza
Stillness Speaks, particularly the chapter "Nature", by Eckhart Tolle
Bring water bottles, comfortable hiking shoes, a hand lens, layered clothing,
and a small flashlight with a red light or red material to cover the lens.
Overcast may cancel the starlight hike, or at least obscure the stars.
Events can be attended on a part time, drop in basis.
Please call Jikoji at 408-741-9562 for further information, or to make reservations
if you plan on staying for meals or overnight lodging.
A donation of $50 per day including dormitory accommodations and meals is requested.
"Notice how present a flower is, how surrendered to life."
"A great silent space holds all of nature in its embrace. It also holds you"
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