Each fall, BZC creates a container to help support our community in taking time to clarify our intentions, deepen insight, embody our commitments and more fully integrate our practice as life. Returning to silence in this way strengthens mindfulness and opens the heart. We call this container a “practice period”. The 2019 Fall Practice Period is dedicated to the topic of “Bodhisattva Service: Actualizing Self and Sangha.”
Our Buddhist ancestors created this ritual of bringing wandering monks In India together during the rainy season in order to cultivate sangha. This tradition has continued for the last 2,500 years. Zen practice emphasizes the importance of vow in order to align and support our deepest yearnings. The practice period supports us to return to our deepest vow, especially amidst a lay life that can distract us from this subtle, inner calling.
This year, the Practice Period Closing Ceremony takes place on December 18 from 8 to 9 pm, as part of the Wednesday Evening Meditation Program. The ceremony takes place right after Rohatsu sesshin, our annual retreat held in celebration of the Buddha’s enlightenment. Join us in this celebration of our practice together!
Find more information on the Fall Practice Period here.