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DBZ: Fall Kessei Opening
September 11, 2019
Apply now for fall kessei (a traditional training period). Located on the banks of Beecher Lake, amid 1,400 acres of pristine forest in New York State’s Catskill Mountains, International Dai Bosatsu Zendo offers an unparalleled opportunity to grow, be challenged, and enter into a profound engagement with spiritual life. The rigorous schedule will allow you to immerse yourself completely in this transformative practice and experience the essential freedom of your true nature. This is a rare opportunity in our hectic, plugged-in, multitasking world.
We strongly promote a trustworthy and inclusive environment that is sensitive to racial, cultural, and economic diversity, as well as women’s issues and LGBTQ concerns. The DBZ community upholds high standards of personal and group conduct, rooted in the six paramitas (virtues of perfection) of the Buddhist teachings: dana (generosity), sila (living by the ten precepts), kshanti (patience and endurance), virya (assiduous, energetic practice), dhyana (zazen), and prajna (wisdom). Residents work together to provide a place where all who come can experience the Buddha-Dharma in an authentic and life-changing way.
Guided by our abbot, Shinge Roko Sherry Chayat Roshi, her Dharma Heir, Dokuro Jaeckel, and senior residents, kessei participants learn traditional Rinzai Zen forms and engage in daily zazen, yoga, chanting, communal work, vegetarian meals, and Buddhist studies. Sesshin, a silent week of intensive sitting practice, is held once a month. You are encouraged to attend for the full three-month training period, but shorter stays may be arranged. The fee for a full three-month kessei is $2,000. If you cannot come for the entire kessei period, a one-month ($750) or two-month period ($1,500) can be arranged. Scholarships are available for serious and committed Zen students.
Once you have completed a kessei, if your aspiration, sincerity, and dedication are strong, you may apply to remain at Dai Bosatsu Zendo for as long as your life circumstances permit. As your Bodhisattva vow deepens, you may apply for ordination, which requires unwavering immersion in the intensive 1,000-day training of monastic training. To apply for residence or for more information, call us at (845) 439-4566, or e-mail the DBZ office.
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