Schedule and Programs
Sundays: 9 am – noon
Periods of sitting and walking meditation (zazen and kinhin), followed at 11:30 by a dharma discussion and optional lunch at a local restaurant.
Weekdays: 5:30 am – 6:40 am
Sitting and walking meditation (zazen and kinhin), ending with chanting.
2016 Extended practice and special events schedule
June 4-11, 2016 Sesshin (intensive practice) focused on the theme “Joining Heaven and Earth“
During this sesshin, we’ll explore Japanese aesthetics with emphasis on what is elegant, refined, and beautiful. We’ll see how these aesthetics are expressed in the temple garden, thereby learning the elements of Japanese contemplative design, and the elements of contemplative life. For more about zen contemplation and Hakubai Temple, please see the other pages of this website.
“Rock Setting — the Japanese Art of Placement” is the subject of the first two days (June 4 & 5, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm). This program will include a demonstration of rock placement by HakuBai DaiShin. Participants will also work with clay to create their own models. A buffet lunch will be included.
The weekend program is available to 20 people. Registration will begin on Saturday, June 4, at 8:30 am. Suggested donation: $250.
The full sesshin begins on Saturday, June 4, at 9:00 am, and ends Saturday, June 11, at noon. Daily schedules:
June 4 – 5: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. The session after the dinner break, 7:30 pm – 9 pm, will include shikantaza (just sitting) and a dharma talk. The daytime program is the same as the weekend program described above.
June 6 – 10: The sesshin will begin at 5:30 am and end at 9:00 pm.
June 11: We will begin at 5:30 am and end at noon, after closing bows.
During the week (June 6-11), we’ll learn Japanese aesthetics through training in the ‘mandala principle’ and the ‘five elements.’ This is the foundation of Japanese garden design.
- A basic knowledge of Japanese rock setting.
- An understanding of how the following aesthetic principles manifest in an actual garden (translations are extremely limiting):
aware intense awareness, sadness
yugen mystery, subtle profundity
furyu an environment of elegant simplicity
shibui beauty that comes from blending in quietly, perfectly
sabi appreciation of time and its effects
wabi intimate and alone, almost painful beauty
datsuzoku freedom from attachment
soboku unfettered, uncontrived simplicity
shin-gyo-so shaped by man, shaped by nature, blended
We’ll see how these aesthetics are expressed in the garden, and learn how to apply Japanese aesthetics to tree and shrub trimming, rock-setting, and the art of placement. Practice daily is from 5:30 am until 9:30 pm, with both sitting and walking meditation. The food is gluten free, vegetarian, and all meals after the first two days served oryoki style. We provide garden tools, a supportive environment for realization, and a futon for those staying on site.
The full program will be limited to 8 people. Registration will begin on Saturday, June 4, at 8:30 am. Suggested donation: $550.
Please call John at 303-748-1169 with any questions or to reserve a spot.
August 14-21, 2016 Sesshin: “How to Find Meaning in Your Life, Before You Die”
December 26, 2016- January 1, 2017 Sesshin (theme to follow)