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    • 20 Jun 2024
    • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM (HST)
    • Zoom Video Conference (Times are Hawaii Time)
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    Thursday Living Zen with Genpo Roshi's Successor Teachers


    Living Zen are special Zoom classes with Genpo Roshi's Successor Teachers, Mark Kanchi Esterman Roshi, Mary Ellen Jisho Sloan Roshi, and Alexandra Mushin Gericke Sensei in rotation. 

    It's a time to ask your Zen practice questions and share your experiences with everyone in the group. Each of Genpo Roshi's Successor Teachers has a wealth of experience and will offer their unique perspectives to help guide you on your Zen path.

    Open to the Public for a $10.00 suggested donation.

    These classes are included in all Kanzeon Membership levels. Members will receive notifications and Zoom links automatically via email and do not have to register.

    For information on Membership click here.

    • 23 Jun 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (HST)
    • Zoom Video Conference (Times are Hawaii Time)

    Genpo Roshi’s Sunday talks have long been a highlight of Kanzeon/Big Mind life, a great introduction to Roshi, Zen and Big Mind for beginners, and a vital source of inspiration and community for long-time students and members.  

    Active Student Zen Talks are included as one of the benefits for Kanzeon Big Mind Active Student Members. They will get their Zoom Links automatically and don't need to Register here.

    Not a Member? 

    Check out our Membership Plans

    • 25 Jun 2024
    • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM (HST)
    • Zoom Video Conference (Times are Hawaii Time)
    Register

    Tuesday Living Zen with Genpo Roshi's Successor Teachers


    Living Zen are special Zoom classes with Genpo Roshi's Successor Teachers, Mark Kanchi Esterman Roshi, Mary Ellen Jisho Sloan Roshi, and Alexandra Mushin Gericke Sensei in rotation. 

    It's a time to ask your Zen practice questions and share your experiences with everyone in the group. Each of Genpo Roshi's Successor Teachers has a wealth of experience and will offer their unique perspectives to help guide you on your Zen path.

    Open to the Public for a $10.00 suggested donation.

    These classes are included in all Kanzeon Membership levels. Members will receive notifications and Zoom links automatically via email and do not have to register.

    For information on Membership click here.

    • 26 Jun 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (HST)
    • Zoom Video Conference (Times are Hawaii Time)

    Monday Active Students Gold & Platinum Check-In

    with Genpo Roshi


    All Active Student Gold & Platinum members should take advantage of these Wednesday Check-Ins. As Roshi enters his 51st year of teaching, these classes are designed to give maximum support to Roshi's closest students for their individual Zen practices. His personalized guidance is essential.

    Gold & Platinum members are also encouraged to contact Genpo Roshi by phone or email to work on Koans or get help with study of the important Zen texts that are in our Highly Recommended Reading list. That list can be found under the main menu "Membership" on the page called Zen Resources.

    Here's a direct link to the Zen Resources page.

    • 27 Jun 2024
    • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM (HST)
    • Zoom Video Conference (Times are Hawaii Time)
    Register

    Thursday Living Zen with Genpo Roshi's Successor Teachers


    Living Zen are special Zoom classes with Genpo Roshi's Successor Teachers, Mark Kanchi Esterman Roshi, Mary Ellen Jisho Sloan Roshi, and Alexandra Mushin Gericke Sensei in rotation. 

    It's a time to ask your Zen practice questions and share your experiences with everyone in the group. Each of Genpo Roshi's Successor Teachers has a wealth of experience and will offer their unique perspectives to help guide you on your Zen path.

    Open to the Public for a $10.00 suggested donation.

    These classes are included in all Kanzeon Membership levels. Members will receive notifications and Zoom links automatically via email and do not have to register.

    For information on Membership click here.

    • 30 Jun 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (HST)
    • Zoom Video Conference (Times are Hawaii Time)
    Register

    Genpo Roshi’s Sunday talks have long been a highlight of Kanzeon/Big Mind life, a great introduction to Roshi, Zen and Big Mind for beginners, and a vital source of inspiration and community for long-time students and members.  

    Sunday Sangha Zen Talks are included as one of the benefits for Kanzeon Big Mind Members of all levels. Members will get their Zoom Links automatically and don't need to Register here.

    These talks are also open to the public for a minimum Donation of $10.00 which goes to sustaining our mission of helping spread the Buddha Dharma as widely as possible.

    Not a Member? 

    Check out our Membership Plans here.

    • 15 Jul 2024
    • 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • 19 Jul 2024
    • 12:30 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom Video Conference (Times are Hawaii Time)
    • 0

    5-Day Kensho Retreat on Zoom

    with Genpo Roshi

    Genpo RoshiKensho, is a Japanese word translated as "Seeing one's true nature." It's an initial insight or awakening. It is to be followed by further training to deepen this insight, and learn to express it in daily life.

    Genpo Roshi has designed these retreats specifically to work with students on this central and important experience of Zen. It's an opportunity that doesn't come along very often.

    This retreat is limited to 5 students and each will work directly with Genpo Roshi individually and in the group for 2.5 hours each day.

    • 24 Aug 2024
    • 31 Aug 2024
    • Yokoji Zen Mountain Center - Mountain Center, California
    • 1
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    The Annual Kanzeon Big Mind Sangha Sesshin


    Important Details:

    The total capacity for this retreat will be about 50 people. Student Plus and Active Student Members will have first priority. In addition, there are only about 30 beds available on-site. See below for off-site accommodation possibilities.


    Retreat Fees: For Student Plus and Active Student Members you will only have to pay for the room and meals for 7 nights at a rate of $100 per night or $700 total. The Teaching fee of $750 is included in your Membership. Check in will be on Saturday August 24. The Retreat will begin on Sunday August 25 at 6:30 am. Check out will be Saturday August 31 after the Shiho coming out ceremony that goes from 11:00 to 1:00 pm. Please try to schedule your flights accordingly.

    There will be 2 types of registration for Student Plus and Active Student Members.

    Room and Meals at Yokoji $700

    Meals only at Yokoji $300 (for those staying at off-site lodging)

    Sleeping Rooms: There are a limited number of beds on site, about 30. The sleeping arrangements range from small 2-3 person cabins up to a room called The Loft which will hold 10. The Loft will be either all women or all men. How we end up assigning the sleeping arrangements will depend on the composition of attendees. I won't be able to reserve any specific places except for the Teachers and staff. Please be ready to be flexible in accepting the room you will be assigned. You may not even know where you end up until you get there.

    Meals: Three meals a day are provided. All meals are vegetarian. Let me know if you have other dietary preferences or restrictions.

    Transportation to and from Yokoji:

    Driving: I encourage drivers to carpool if possible. There's a Google Map on the webpage that you can rely on to get you there. Here's a link. Yokoji Google Map

    Flying: We highly recommend flying in and out of Ontario California airport (ONT) as it is the closest and easiest. It's about a 1.5 to 2 hour drive to Yokoji from there.

    A second choice is Palm Springs Airport (PSP). It's about the same distance but may be more expensive to fly into.

    If you must, Los Angeles International Airport is available (LAX) but the drive to Yokoji can be as long as 4-5 hours depending on traffic which is notoriously bad. 

    Airport Pick Up and Drop Off: If at all possible, please rent a car because we will have no ability to do pick up and drop off. It's best also, if people can work with each other to carpool and share the costs of car rental and gas. I will provide all registrants a list of the other participants and their contact information well beforehand so you can talk and make your own arrangements. It's way too complicated for us to do this for you.

    You may also hire an Uber, Lyft or Taxi to take you but the costs for this may be quite high.

    Alternative Lodging Off-Site: There are a few options in nearby towns of Mountain Center and Idyllwild, California. Here are links to the Trip Advisor site where you can check out the options. If you plan to stay off-site but eat at Yokoji you can select that option on the registration page.

    Mountain Center:  https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g32757-Mountain_Center_California-Vacations.html 

    Idyllwild: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g32519-Idyllwild_California-Vacations.html 

    Daily Schedule: We're still working on the details so check back here later. Basically we start at 6:30 AM and finish by 10:00 PM. Please note that one of the parts of these more traditional retreats is a thing called Samu. Samu is work practice and that means that everyone will be called upon to help cook, wash dishes, and clean the bathrooms and common areas. Just so you know!

    Finally: It's possible that we sell out quickly. If we reach the limits on reservations you will be automatically put on a waiting list in order of when you attempted to sign up. If there are cancellations, or new spots become available I will contact people starting at the top of the waiting list to see if they would still like to attend.

    • 16 Sep 2024
    • 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • 20 Sep 2024
    • 12:30 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom Video Conference (Times are Hawaii Time)
    • 5
    Register

    5-Day Kensho Retreat on Zoom

    with Genpo Roshi

    Genpo RoshiKensho, is a Japanese word translated as "Seeing one's true nature." It's an initial insight or awakening. It is to be followed by further training to deepen this insight, and learn to express it in daily life.

    Genpo Roshi has designed these retreats specifically to work with students on this central and important experience of Zen. It's an opportunity that doesn't come along very often.

    This retreat is limited to 5 students and each will work directly with Genpo Roshi individually and in the group for 2.5 hours each day.

    • 26 Oct 2024
    • 9:00 AM (HST)
    • 30 Oct 2024
    • 11:30 AM (HST)
    • Zoom Video Conference (Times are Hawaii Time)
    • 4
    Register

    5-Day Kensho Retreat on Zoom

    with Genpo Roshi

    Kensho, is a Japanese word translated as "Seeing one's true nature." It's an initial insight or awakening. It is to be followed by further training to deepen this insight, and learn to express it in daily life.

    Genpo Roshi has designed these retreats specifically to work with students on this central and important experience of Zen. It's an opportunity that doesn't come along very often.

    This retreat is limited to 5 students and each will work directly with Genpo Roshi individually and in the group for 2.5 hours each day.

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