An Intensive on working with Difficulties and Uncertainty
A monk asked Tozan, “Cold and heat come upon us. How can we avoid them?”
Tozan said, “Why don’t you go where there is no cold or heat?
The monk said, “Where is the place where there is no cold or heat?”
Tozan said, “When cold, let the cold kill you; when it is hot, let the heat kill you”.
We will have a little different form for our retreat this November. In addition to our regular schedule of meditation, sitting and walking, dharma talk and daisan (private interviews) we will include periods of interactive group dialogue and mindful writing on our theme of Working with Difficulties and Uncertainty. We will use several koans as guides to help deepen our insight and understanding of how to work through and utilize difficult situations we find ourselves in when life presents itself to us in ways we had not planned.
I hope you will join us in this experiment of awakening together.
~ Sensei Ray
The retreat will be led by Sensei Ray Cicetti, a Zen teacher who leads the Empty Bowl Zendo in Morristown, New Jersey. He is also a psychotherapist in private practice with an emphasis on stress-related problems, relationship issues, and bringing spirit back into the therapeutic relationship. He is married with a grown son and two grandchildren. Ray is a dharma heir of Roshi Robert Kennedy (S.J.).
The sesshin will consist of zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), chanting, dharma talks, and silent communal meals. There are also rest breaks, and samu (service assignments). There will be the opportunity for daisan (private interview) for those who wish to meet with the teacher. There is also free time for you to spend by yourself in your room or in walking around the attractive grounds.
The retreat is conducted in silence from the beginning of meditation on Thursday evening until the end of meditation on Sunday morning, including mealtimes.
The $300 retreat cost includes a $100 non-refundable deposit, and provides:
- Private ensuite sleeping accommodation
- Meals from dinner on Thursday evening to Sunday lunch
Partial scholarships are also available. Please contact Sandra Moore for more information.
Christian Renewal Center is located in Dickinson, south of Houston, TX. If you are flying in from out of town, please let us know so we can help arrange transportation from the airport to the retreat center.