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July 16 – August 6, 2011
led by Abbot Ryushin Paul Haller

Realizing the Buddha Way: Practice and Study of Sila, Samadhi, and Prajna

For detailed information, see: Three-Week Summer Intensive – 2011

The theme of this Intensive will be the practice and study of the three Dharma gates—Sila, Samadhi, and Prajna—through following the traditional Zen schedule of zazen, study, and mindful work. Throughout the Buddhist tradition the Buddha Way is realized through these Dharma gates. We will explore how these three factors can be developed in a monastic setting and brought into everyday life.

  • Sila: The discipline and conduct of Awakening, manifest through wholehearted participation in the schedule and sustaining physical and mental health. How to take care of ourselves and have the energy to practice.
  • Samadhi: Continuous contact with the flow of experience, by bringing full awareness to every engagement throughout the day. Sustaining awareness of body, mind and emotions in the midst of zazen and everyday activities.
  • Prajna: Seeing clearly the true nature of what is, actualized through practicing Sila and Samadhi and stimulated by individual interviews with teachers, classes, lectures, and self-reflection.