Introduction to Zen Retreat Practice Fri Jan 17: 7:00 pm to noon Sun, Jan 19. (Residential option available.) This is a weekend-retreat in which basic retreat practices such as a more demanding zazen schedule, samu, temple etiquette, oryoki (mealtime ceremony) and chanting are introduced. Private interviews with Kuya are available. Cost of food varies. Lodging and monk support by donation.
Intensive Zen Retreat Wed Mar 18 7:00 pm to noon Sun Mar 22. (Residential option available.) This retreat is for experienced retreat practitioners. There will be a rigourous sitting schedule, daily dharma talk, samu, Koan study, and private interviews with Kuya. Cost of food varies. Lodging and monk support by donation. Please note that in all retreats Kuya includes a one-hour Yoga/Qigong (Yoqi) class per day. There is also time scheduled for a 40-minute walk.
Diamond Sutra Writing Practice Wed June17 7:00 pm-noon Sun June21
Write From the Source Zazen, walking and 10-minute minute writings using topics from Natalie Goldberg's Old Friend From Far Away and from the Diamond Sutra. Cost of food varies. Lodging and monk support by donation.
This retreat follows a zen practice schedule but includes writing as an integral part of each practice session.
Kuya Undo Kuya is resident priest at Sakuraji. She is a member of the Silent Thunder Order and Sakuraji is an affiliate of that order. She has been studying Soto Zen since 1986 She has completed a practice period at Green Gulch Farm with Tenshin Reb Anderson as the guiding teacher.
Mission Mountain Zen Group Retreats Led by Zenku, Jerry Smyers
Zenku Jerry Smyers is Kuya's teacher and Vice Abbot of the Silent Thunder Order. He is a Soto Zen Priest in the Lineages of Soyu Matsuoka Roshi and Shohaku Okumura Roshi. Zenku began his training as a disciple of Kongo Langlois Roshi, Abbot of the Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago and a dharma heir of Matsuoka Roshi, in 1976. Zenku trained at the Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago and was ordained a Zen Priest in 1982. Zenku was a Priest in Chicago until 2005, assisting Kongo Roshi until his passing in 1999, and then providing Temple leadership.In 2005, Zenku moved to Montana and established the Mission Mountain Zen Group in Dayton Montana. In 2010 Zenku became a disciple of Taiun Elliston Roshi, Abbot of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center, and a dharma heir of Matsuoka Roshi and Okumura Roshi from the Uchiyama Lineage. In 2012, Zenku received dharma transmission from Taiun Roshi. Zenku is a member of Soto Zen Buddhist Association.