Sakura-ji is a lay practice centre where anyone who wants to explore Zen training or Zen Writing Practice can do so. We have a regular weekly schedule, weekend and week long retreats, residential retreats and opportunities for individual retreats. Our Mission goes beyond formal Zen training in that we also host Yoga Classes and Qigong classes. All teachers and professionals associated with Sakura-ji share a mission to offer services and courses that enhance the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being of Kootenay residents.
Fall Ango at Sakuraji
September 21 – December 21
An “ango” is a 90-day monastic practice retreat with two weekend intensive meditation retreats and one week-long sesshin. Sakuraji will be offering a Fall Ango this year.
Between fall equinox and winter solstice, Sakuraji will be running a full monastic schedule.
Kuya will include her community work in her work practice, and some family events, but at all other times will follow a monastic schedule. She will do her week-long ango sesshin November 10 – 16 in Maple Ridge, BC at the Mountain Rain Zen community’s annual sesshin with Norman Fischer as the guiding teacher. The weekend intensives will coincide with the online retreats conducted by her teacher, Zenku. (Dates to be determined.)
There are two residence rooms under the zendo building. Anyone who wishes to join part or all of Sakuraji’s Fall Ango is welcome to do so. Lodging and ango leader support is by donation. Food costs are S250.00 CAN/month.
A typical schedule would be:
5:00 am zazen, kinhin, zazen, kinhin, zazen. Morning Service.
(Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00 – 6:00 am will be YoQi. 6:30 am is Tangaryo- style Zazen)
8:00 breakfast (Saturday and Wed – breakfast is at 9:00 am)
9:00 work practice
11:00 zazen, kinhin, zazen
12:15 lunch and rest
3:45 zazen, kinhin, tea, kinhin, zazen, midday service (Fukazazengi)
7:00 zazen, kinhin, zazen, Tissarana. (Wed. evenings will replace one zazen with qigong)
Saturdays after morning service to Tuesday morning is rest time.
During the three months of practice there will be variations in this schedule. I will post each week’s schedule in an email to anyone who asks for it.
If you are able to travel to Creston, BC during Sakuraji’s Fall Ango, please join us for all or part of this intensive retreat.
Note: Yoga with Yana will continue and attendance can be part of the retreat.
Qigong with Jason will continue and attendance can be part of the retreat. Friday Podcast Yoga will continue and attendance can be part of the retreat.