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Buddhadharma : Fall 2007
mahasangha news buddhadharma| 91 |fall 2007 buddhadharma| 91 |fall 2007 mahasangha news: programs & centers Buddhadharma The PracTiTioner's QuarTerly centers within Rinzai-ji – return several times a year to resume their training. Usually they return during seichu. Seichu are demanding three-month- long retreats that incorporate zazen, chanting, formal meals, and work peri- ods. At Mount Baldy there are summer and winter seichu, and whenever possible, Sasaki Roshi guides them by offering san- zen (private interviews) and teisho (com- mentary on classic Zen texts). Seichu are always intense, but they are punctuated by dai-sesshin, weeklong retreats during which the intensity is taken up yet another notch. During dai-sesshin, days begin at 3:00 a.m. and stretch on for eighteen hours. Students spend most of that time sitting and have essentially no free time. Seichu is designed for those with prior experience in formal Zen practice. And for those with less experience, there is an option called seikan. Conducted in both spring and autumn, seikan are periods of less formal training with an emphasis on work practice. Chizo, the center’s current shoji (a role he describes as “kind of the mom” for stu- dents), highly recommends Mount Baldy’s seikan or seichu to anyone interested in Zen training. “Mount Baldy is a wild place to be,” he says. “At night, there is very little human-made light, and when the wind is not blowing, it is absolutely still. I think everyone feels that being at Mount Baldy with Roshi is a unique opportunity. And it’s not going to last forever.” In April, Sasaki Roshi celebrated his one-hundredth birthday, and many peo- ple are wondering what will happen to Mount Baldy when he dies. He has given full ordination to about twenty students, but he hasn’t named a dharma heir. This means that in his lineage, there is currently no one other than him who is qualified to give sanzen or teisho. But Myokyo, who attended Sasaki Roshi’s birthday celebration along with about two hundred others, isn’t worried about the future. “Roshi is still himself,” she says. “He’s himself more than ever.” He maintains an uncompromising sched- ule and, though he gets tired easily, there is not much physically wrong with him. “Roshi was nonchalant about turning one hundred,” Myokyo concludes. “So I think that we – that Mount Baldy – will have him for a while yet.” centers and prograMs A section highlighting upcoming programs being offered at various centers. for information about advertising your center’s upcoming programs and events in this section, please call us toll-free at 1-877-786-1950, ext 31. Join us for Kessei (Monastic training period) held in spring and fall or for Sesshin. Limited scholarships available. For more information call 845.439.4566 or go to zenstudies.org Practice authentic Rinzai Zen as taught by Eido Shimano, one of the few Japanese Masters teaching in America today. DAI BOSATSU ENDO Chögyal Namkhai Norbu has committed, for his lifetime, to give the essential transmission of Guruyoga on three anniversaries each year. These direct transmissions will be webcast instantaneously and simultaneously to the main Gars and local practice groups throughout North America and the world. Tsegyalgar East ◆ Dzogchen Community of America P. O. Box 277 ◆ Conway MA 01341 ◆ 413.369.4153 www.tsegyalgar.org Contact: email@example.com November 4 ◆ Anniversary of Adzom Drugpa 2008 ◆ Feb 20 ◆ Anniversary of Guru Garab Dorje 2007-2008 TRANSMISSION DATES CHÖGYAL NAMKHAI NORBU www.tsegyalgareast.org Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org