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Jewish New Year Interfaith Zen Day of Meditation
September 17, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm PDT$52.00 – $65.00
Come celebrate Rosh Hashanah and the Jewish New Year on this contemplative interfaith Zen retreat!
Rosh Hashanah is a holiday of waking up. We awaken from the deep slumber of selfishness, conceit, and putting ourselves above others and awaken to something different. On Rosh Hashanah, the Divine calls out to wake us up from the darkness of ignorance and to open our eyes and hearts to the truth and awe that is always surrounding us and that which also makes up the very fabric of our ordinary life.
Zen meditation is not an escape from life, but a practice of acknowledging life as it is and accepting ourselves and others just as we are. Zen meditation is a practice of meeting God face to face, noticing the sacred and Divine in ourselves, others, and all of creation.
On this interfaith Zen retreat, you will be invited to practice at-one-ment with others from all spiritual and religious traditions. This retreat will include periods of silent sitting and walking meditation, an abbreviated chant style Jewish high holiday service, time for speaking from the heart in hitbodedut, and sacred sharing to close the retreat.
No previous knowledge of Hebrew, Judaism, or meditation is necessary. If you identify as Jewish, a different faith tradition, have more than one faith, or no faith at all, please know that you are welcome! Each and every part of you!
Rabbi Dr. Adam Fogel has practiced Zen meditation since 1996, was a student of Fr. Greg Mayers Roshi at the Mercy Center between 2012 and 2020, and is currently a Zen student of Dr. Ruben Habito Roshi in the Sanbo Zen tradition. Adam is a graduate of the Pluralistic Rabbinical Seminary, the founder of mindfuljudaism.com, and completed training as a Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher through the Institute of Jewish Spirituality in 2017. In his other professional world, Dr. Adam Fogel is a Psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in private practice in Central CA and across the State of California via telehealth. Adam greatly respects the unique path that each person must take to nurture their spiritual life and connection with something meaningful and profound and is especially interested in the interface of Zen wisdom, psychotherapy, and contemplative Judaism.
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CANCELLATIONS / REFUNDS
The cancellation policy for Mercy Center Burlingame depends upon several factors including the type of program and duration of stay. Generally, the cancellation policy is a 50% forfeiture of payment if cancelled within 1 week or less of the program start date. Cancellation fees set forth in any specific program description supersedes any terms set forth in this general cancellation policy description.