All My Relations (Peaceful Way) Zazenkai

8/25/2017, 8:00pm - 8/27/2017, 9:00am at Myoshinji

The devastating effects of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima (August 6, 1941) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1941), along with the enormous suffering caused by war, genocide and all aggression throughout human history are the
inspiration for the “Peaceful Way” sesshin. Along with the practices of zazen, service, oryoki and work, which comprise our typical sesshin, we incorporate the practice of metta bhavana (lovingkindness meditation).

"As it stands now, few of us realize that a typical “fresh” food item in a
North American household typically travels between 1,500 to 2,500 miles.”
- Jane Goodall, Harvest for Hope

This year, we have added another practice: that of eating only foods from our garden or grown locally and products from animals (eggs and milk) who were treated humanely. This practice helps us to become aware of how our food comes to us and where it comes from, rather than just picking items off a supermarket shelf with no sense of the effort or suffering that went into their creation. We hope this will evoke a more intimate understanding of the interdependence of all beings and increase our gratitude and respect for the people, animals and plants that inhabit the earth with us, especially when considering our food choices. The sesshin name “All my
Relations” comes from the Lakota understanding of the interdependence and relatedness of all things–in the Lakota language, Mitakuye Oyasin.

The cost for this zazenkai is $75 for all participants. This fee
includes lodging and all meals. Part time participation is allowed. The retreat will be followed by a Gate of Sweet Nectar Ceremony at 8:30 AM on Sunday morning.

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