November 2021 All Day Sitting

11/20/2021, 9:30am - 4:00pm at Myoshinji

Join us for the November 2021 All Day Sitting that takes place Saturday, November 20. The retreat begins at 9:30 and ends with the Gate of Sweet Nectar Ceremony at 4 PM. The cool, crisp weather offers a welcome contrast from the hot, dry days of summer, with plants and animals preparing for the winter ahead.

The retreat will include zazen (seated meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), and a vegetarian lunch with a Dharma Talk by Bonnir Myosen Nadzam. Dokusan (face to face meeting with Myoyu Roshi) will be offered during this retreat.

At 4:00 PM. we will hold the Gate of Sweet Nectar Ceremony. Please remember to bring non-perishable goods to be donated to the Palatine Township Food Pantry following the ceremony. As we know, the numbers of families struggling to pay bills and feed children has increased dramatically due to the pandemic and these donations are vital.

Space permitting, participants are welcome to spend Friday night and/or Saturday night at the Zen Center especially if they have travelled a distance to attend.

Please read the following information carefully relating to COVID-19 precautions, use of induction stove, parking, suggested donation and registration.

COVID-Related Precautions:

  • We are requiring that anyone attending be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will now require proof of vaccination. If this poses a concern for you, please contact our retreat registrar, John Genshin Knewitz.
  • Participants will be seated in the zendo at least 6 feet apart and asked to maintain distance during kinhin and lunch service.
  • Masks must be worn indoors except when eating and participants will eat socially distanced and in silence. Participants will be encouraged to eat outdoors, weather permitting.
  • There is an option to attend this retreat virtually, for those unable to attend in person.
  • Please do not attend the retreat in person if you are ill and/or have any symptoms (COVID-related or not) that indicate a possible contagious illness.
  • Participants will be directed to wash their hands frequently and to wipe surfaces with disinfectant after use as appropriate.
  • Food preparation-related and other precautions recommended by CDC will be followed.
  • If procedural changes become necessary due to changes in pandemic guidelines, participants will be notified.

Induction Stove Precautions: Note that Great Plains Zen Center now uses an induction stove. If you have a pacemaker, please consult with your physician about precautions relating to pacemakers and induction stoves. It should be possible to attend the retreat with simple precautions, such as staying 2 feet away from the induction cooktop when it is in use or whatever your physician recommends.

Parking: Please plan to arrive between 8:30-9:15 AM during which time there will be someone outside to direct parking. 

Donation: The suggested donation for this retreat is $50. If this amount presents a hardship, please contribute what is comfortable for you. If you are able to contribute an additional amount to help offset the cost of scholarships, it will be gratefully accepted on GPZC websites's Dana page.

Registration: Please register by Monday, November 15th. Use the comments section on the registration page to indicate any food restrictions/allergies you have, if you will be staying overnight either night or if you plan to attend online.