We don’t practice in order to attain enlightenment, Satori. It’s Satori that pushes us into practice.
Ango is passed and the sangha has resumed the pace of day to day practice, no matter where, city or temple. At this juncture a sesshin breaks out, deeply beating the Dharma drum. Zazen spreading through the forest, a forest recollected in zazen. Our worn-out shoes in exchange for a pair of straw sandals.
Arrivals to Shorin-ji are expected on Thursday 11 during the evening. The sesshin formally starts with a welcome dinner, after which time a short initiation class will be imparted to those attending for the first time. The first zazen comes early in the morning of Friday 12. There will be four zazen sessions per day until Sunday 14, when the last zazen will take place at noon. Then a kan-pai (toast) with an appetizer followed by a festive meal will close the retreat.
Master Barbara Kosen, honorable founder of Asociación Zen Taisen Deshimaru, and of practice sites Mokusan Dojo and Shorin-ji, will conduct the sesshin.
The price of the retreat is 100 €; for those on a tight budget it’s 80.
Non-members of Asociación Zen Taisen Deshimaru must register and pay a fee of 20 € (one year’s membership).