Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit: An Interfaith Zen Retreat
with Roshi Robert E. Kennedy, S.J.
This is a week-long silent retreat (Zen sesshin) during which participants practice seated meditation (zazen) together — about 12 25-minute periods per day — as a supportive community, or sangha. Roshi Kennedy and other Zen teachers will provide daily talks (teishos) to share Zen insights and to encourage sitting practice, as well as opportunities to meet privately with them (daisan) throughout the days.
Silence is observed at all times throughout day in order to deepen experience. Following the final sitting each evening, the liturgy will be offered for all who wish to participate. This is a warm, wholehearted practice of being with ourselves as we are, with things as they occur. The support of devoted teachers and one another encourages the quieting of our minds, the lessening of struggle, and the movement from self-centeredness to life-centeredness. Through this process we taste the richness of human life and become of true benefit to others and our world.
The sesshin will run August 20-26. Check-in is at 4 p.m. on Sunday with dinner served at 5:30 p.m.; departure is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 26. Registrations and payment in full must be received by July 1. The cost of the program, meals and single rooms is $650; for double rooms, $500/per person. Commuters may also attend but need to register by calling Betty Orosz in Guest Services at (203) 245-0402 ext. 103.
Please note that if registering for double occupancy, please indicate the person with whom you'd like to share the room during the registration process. If a participant needs to cancel in the case of an urgent emergency, all but $150 will be refunded.
Robert E. Kennedy, S.J., Roshi, is a Jesuit priest and Zen teacher in the White Plum lineage. He studied with Yamada Roshi in Kamakura, Japan, with Maezumi Roshi in Los Angeles, and with Glassman Roshi in New York. Glassman Roshi installed Kennedy as a sensei in 1991 and conferred inka (final seal of approval) in 1997, making him a roshi (master). Kennedy is also the author of Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit and Zen Gifts to Christians.
|Dates:||8/20/2017 to 8/26/2017|
Robert Kennedy, S.J., Roshi|