The Vimalakīrti Sūtra is one of the greatest masterpieces of Buddhist literature, and it was particularly important in the development of Chan (Zen). The retreat will explore exemplary passages revealing how, with his incisive wit, brilliant repartee, eloquence, and mastery of skillful means, the Buddhist layman Vimalakīrti illumines some of the most fundamental teachings of the Mahāyāna: emptiness, nonduality, the role of the mind in the construction of the illusion we grasp as real, the nature of compassion, bodhisattva practice, and buddha lands.
This Retreat will be led by Genpo Roshi and Peter Gregory, a long-time student of Maezumi Roshi and Professor Emeritus of Religion & East Asian Studies at Smith College, where he taught for fifteen years (1999-2014). He also served as the President and Executive Director of the Kuroda Institute for the Study of Buddhism and Human Values for thirty years (1984-2014). His research has focused on medieval Chinese Buddhism, especially the Chan and Huayan traditions during the Tang and Song dynasties. He is the author or editor of several books, and has always striven to find the proper balance between study and practice.
Begins Saturday September 21 at 10:00 am, and ends Sunday September 22 at 6:00 pm.
Suggested donation: $400. College and University students may make a dana donation.
For Active Student suggested donation, contact Ivis by email or phone, 801-328-8414 .
For more information contact Mary Ellen by email or call 801-503-5656.