Instructor(s) : Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD; Sensei Kaz Tanahashi; Natalie Goldberg; Clark Strand

Jul 12, 2019 — Jul 21, 2019

Instructor(s): Sensei Kaz Tanahashi, Sensei Peter Levitt


The Zen Circle is a time of retreat, learning, meditation practice, participation with Upaya’s residential community in their daily schedule, and special programs within the Circle that are led by Zen teachers and/or Guiding Teachers. Each Zen Circle includes an opening night session that includes an orientation as well as meditation instruction in the morning of the first full day.

The schedule Wednesday through Friday includes daily meditation practice 3 times a day, samu (work practice) periods 4.5 hours, one meal clean up, interviews with Guiding Teachers, weekly dharma talks, and seminars.  Monday  and Tuesday are personal practice days where practitioners and residents take meals on their own and have the freedom to hike, study, do laundry, and take quiet time. Participants must sit zazen (meditate) once a day on Mondays and Tuesdays but are welcome to attend all three zazen periods.

Residents and guests follow the same schedule.

Faculty leading programs included within each Zen Circle teach only their specific program. See below.

Faculty for specific programs during the July Zen Circle include: Sensei Kaz Tanahashi and Sensei Peter Levitt.

When registering for the entire Zen Circle, you will automatically be registered for the programs included that are listed below. You may also register for any of the programs below individually.

7/12 – 7/14 –POETRY OF THE LEGENDARY HERMIT HANSHAN – Sensei Kaz Tanahashi and Sensei Peter Levitt
7/19 – 7/21 – CALLIGRAPHY: Heart of the Brush – Sensei Kaz Tanahashi

Tuition (Members): $838.00
Tuition (Non-Members): $908.00
More details: Includes dormitory lodging (upgrade available). Dana to teachers and residents. 

Lodging: Dormitory lodging (or an RV space) is INCLUDED in your tuition fee. If you want to upgrade your lodging, the following options are available (space permitting):

  • Upgrade to double $25 per night
    Please check for availability by calling 505-986-8518 ext. 112 or Email: registrar@upaya.org.