Mercy Center

EAST-WEST MEDITATION

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SPRING 2017 ZEN SESSHIN

A Silent Retreat in the East-West
Meditation Program led by
Fr. Gregory Mayers, C.Ss.R

June 11-16, 2017
Sunday 6:00 pm to Friday 12:00 Noon

$575 Overnight / $475 Commuter

"Only the ripe fruit of the here and now
 that has been seized and bitten into
 will spread its indescribable taste in us."
                                  Rainer Maria Rilke

RETREAT LEADER

Fr. Gregory Mayers, C.Ss.R, a Redemptorist priest, began Zen koan studies in the late 1970s. He is an Associate Roshi of the Sanbô-Zen Society, Kamakura, Japan. In 2010, Fr. Greg received full transmission as an Authentic Zen Master with the honorific title of Roshi from his teacher, Willigis Jaeger, founder of the Empty Cloud Zen Lineage in Germany.

Fr. Greg has taught both Zen and Christian Mystical prayer in retreats around the United States. He is the award-winning author of Listen to the Desert: The Secrets of Spiritual Maturity in the Desert Fathers and Mothers. He directs the East-West Meditation program at Mercy Center and is the resident teacher.

The sesshin can become an inspiring spiritual experience for everyone, irrespective of religious affiliation.

 

 

SESSHIN FEATURES

  •  Orientation for those new to a Zen sesshin
  •  Observing strict silence and no reading
  •  Dokusan: Private interviews with Fr. Greg Roshi
  •  Teisho: Spiritual talks by Fr. Greg Roshi
  •  Zazen: Meditating on a cushion, bench or chair
  •  Kinhin: Meditating while walking in Nature and in the zendo

RETREAT SCHEDULE

Print Schedule

 read and print the sesshin schedule

Print Orientation

 read and print the orientation letter

 

EAST-WEST RESOURCES

listen to teisho talks by Fr. Greg

read about kensho (enlightenment)

learn about East-West Meditation

 

ROOM AND MEALS

Overnight registration includes:

  •  Single bedrooms; dormitory-style bathrooms; kitchenette on each floor
  •  Locally-sourced fresh produce, soups, salad, vegetable and meat entrees
  •  Guests are welcome to bring foods to supplement our meal service
  •  We cannot provide all-vegan or other special dietary menus

REGISTRATION

Please read all of the following information:

  •  We accept MasterCard and Visa, USA and Canada only
  •  Please select either Overnight or Commuter registration
  •  Mercy Sisters and Associates select the RSM-BurlAssoc rate
  •  Login/password not required—credit card data is not stored 

Overseas residents: Do not register online. Contact mc@mercywmw.org

 

CANCELLATION

Please read our cancellation and refunds policy.