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February Zen Circle


Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe NM

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

The Zen Circle  gives practitioners the opportunity to enter into a time of retreat, learning, meditation practice, participation with Upaya’s residential community in their daily schedule (distributed upon arrival), 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 includes daily meditation practice, samu (work practice) periods, interviews with Guiding Teachers, weekly dharma talks and seminars. Typically, there are two personal practice days each week (Monday & Tuesday) where practitioners and residents take meals on their own and have the freedom to hike, study, do laundry, take quiet time, and meditate at their own discretion.

Residents and guests follow the same schedule.

Dormitory accommodations are included, or you may upgrade to a double for a supplemental fee. Contact the Registrar@upaya.org directly. The wonderful food at Upaya is vegetarian and organic.

The Zen Circle faculty teach only their specific retreat. Faculty for these specific programs are: Roshi Joan Halifax, Sensei Kaz Tanahashi, Sensei Shinzan Palma, Natalie Goldberg, and Clark Strand. When registering for the entire Zen Circle, the programs included are listed below. You may also register for any of the programs individually.

2/8 – 2/10  FIVE HUNDRED YEARS OF HAIKU with Roshi Joan Halifax, Sensei Kaz Tanahashi, Natalie Goldberg, and Clark Strand.
2/12 – 2/17 SESSHIN: Heart Sutra for Bodhisattvas with Sensei Kaz Tanahashi and Sensei Shinzan Palma.

Click here to complete the on-line Sesshin questionnaire.  Additionally, click here for a downloadable PDF of Guidelines of Conduct for a Practice Period/Sesshin.  At the end of the Sesshin questionnaire, you will be asked to affirm that you have read the Guidelines. Thank you.

Maximum Participants: 10
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

Click here for for additional information about lodging at Upaya.

For information: www.upaya.org. Email: upaya@upaya.org. (505) 986-8518

Earlier Event: December 1
ROHATSU SESSHIN: Four Noble Truths
Later Event: February 8
Five Hundred Years of Haiku