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.
Saturday Morning Dharma Talks
On the first Saturday of every month, Kuya will give a 15 minute (or so) dharma talk.
8:00 zazen, kinhin, zazen
8:50 dharma talk and discussion.
Term Closing Retreat
Wednesday Dec 19
7:00 pm zazen, kinhin, zazen, kinhin, zazen,
Thursday Dec. 20,
5:00 am - 9:30 pm
(This will be a "tangaryo" style practice sesshin.)
Come for the entire thing, control your own timing, no bells to start and end meditation, just practice done all day long.) Come and sit for half an hour, go for a walk, come back and sit for another half hour.
The design is up to you.
If possible, cancel all commitments
for that day, stay in silence, and just do practice
for the whole day.
I will begin at 5:00 am with zazen, interpose a walk, or some yoga time, now and then,
but mainly do zazen. It is really about taking
a day off your internet life, your family life and your community life to "just do practice," take
that backward step and enter inner and outer silence.)
Take a break from words: no talking, no internet, no reading, no writing, and calm the chatter in the mind.
This practice will be supported between 5:00 am and 9:30 pm.
Bring food for the communal snack table in the zendo residence.
If possible, stay overnight Friday and Saturday nights in Sakuraji’s residence room. Retreat. Retreat. Retreat!
Friday, Dec. 21
5:00 am zazen, kinhin, zazen, kinhin, zazen.
6:50 Morning Service & sesshin closing
7:20 Informal breakfast (Rita's pancakes, granola, eggs, fruit)