We meet weekly on Thursday evenings from 7pm - 9pm, and on Sunday mornings from 8am - 9am for zazen meditation. We provide introductory instruction in zen meditation for anyone who wishes to learn, recognizing that we are all beginners.
New participants are asked to call ahead and come at least 15 minutes early their first time for an introduction or review of zazen meditation practice, kinhin walking meditation and the forms which we follow in the zendo. The instructions are simple and the practice can be learned by anyone. It is not necessary to be able to sit cross legged on the floor. Please arrive on time and wear loose comfortable clothing.
There is no fee or donation required to attend, but we do sustain the zendo on peoples' donations. We ask that people make a donation when they attend, if they are able, and to be as generous as their circumstances permit.
Retreats We hold non-residential weekend zen retreats in Vancouver with our teachers twice a year, or more frequently as their schedules permit. We also hold day retreats and classes from time to time.
September 18th - 20th; Hogen Bays Roshi , the co-abbot of Great Vow Zen Monastery, will lead a meditation retreat on the theme "Heart's Aspiration: Boundless Mind" on the weekend of Friday September 17th (7-9PM) through Sunday September 20th (9AM-4PM). This retreat will be held at the Bridge & Enrich Lives Society zendo at Fraser & 20th in Vancouver. The cost of this retreat will be $75 (reduced for limited income). For further information or to register, please contact Hoben: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 604-985-2347. Click the following link to view the poster for this retreat:/file/brj2m/download
Zazenkai We hold monthly half-day meditation retreats called Zazenkai. Details of Zazenkai retreats will be posted here; please check frequently
Sesshin We attend sesshin at Great Vow Zen Monastery regularly, as our individual schedules permit, and we can often offer transportation to others wishing to attend.
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