Mercy Center

EAST-WEST PROGRAM

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SPRING 2020 ZEN SESSHIN

A Silent Zen Retreat in the
East-West Meditation Program
led by Nona Strong

Sunday, June 7, 6:00 pm to
Friday, June 12, 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

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SESSHIN FEATURES

  •  Orientation for those new to a Zen sesshin
  •  Observing strict silence and no reading
  •  Dokusan: Private interviews with the teacher
  •  Teisho: Spiritual talks by the teacher
  •  Zazen: Meditating on a cushion, bench or chair
  •  Kinhin: Meditating while walking in nature and in the meditation room
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RETREAT LEADER

Nona Strong is a Zen teacher studying under Fr. Gregory Mayers C.Ss.R., who directed the Mercy Center East-West Meditation Program from 2005 to 2019. 

Nona began Zen koan studies with Fr. Greg Roshi in 1996, and in 2019 she received full transmission as an Authentic Zen Master in the Empty Cloud lineage.

Buddhists vow to save all beings; Zen meditation embraces every creature on this earth. Christians are commanded to love our neighbors as ourselves, which means our actions and our prayers embrace every creature on earth.

In these vows, the two paradigms share a path and a purpose.

  Nona Strong

 

Through our practice, we put all our care for ourselves and others into a boundless medium that can help us carry that search, that practice, and its fruits into the larger world.

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SCHEDULE AND RESOURCES

read and print the retreat orientation
  read and print the sesshin schedule
  read about kensho (enlightenment)
  listen to spiritual talks by East-West teachers
  watch video talks by Fr. Greg Mayers
  learn more about the East-West program

 

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ROOM AND MEALS

Overnight registration includes:

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

Please read all of the following before making a registration payment:

  •  Online registrations are transacted on a secure web server
  •  An account is optional—your credit card data is not stored 
  •  We accept MasterCard and Visa only, USA and Canada
  •  Please select either Overnight or Commuter registration
  •  Mercy Sisters and Associates select RSM-BurlAssoc rate  

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If there is an error message, or if you do not receive a confirmation email, please do not run the transaction again. Contact registration@mercywmw.org. We’ll confirm your registration and provide assistance if needed.

 

Overseas Residents: Please do not register online. Email registration@mercywmw.org. We will assist you in registering for this retreat.

Or call (650) 340-7474 for further information.

 

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CANCELLATION

Please read our updated cancellation and refund policy.