June Sesshin June 1-4 with Shuso Hossen
June Sesshin June 1-4 with Shuso Hossen

June Sesshin June 1-4 with Shuso Hossen

June 1, 2023 @ 7:30 pm – June 4, 2023 @ 7:00 am America/Chicago Timezone
Great Plains Zen Center
W7762 Falk Rd Monroe
WI 53566
In Person $150 members, $170 others, online $10-30 per day.

June Sesshin with Shuso Hossen, June 1-4


June Sesshin takes place from 7:30 PM Thursday evening June 1 to Sunday morning, June 4 at about 7 AM.  There will be an informal dinner on Thursday evening June 1 at 5:30 with procedures instruction following for those who would like it.  You are invited to attend this first sesshin during the 2023 Summer Ango and enjoy the  beauty of late spring at Great Plains Zen Center.

This is a special retreat in multiple ways.  First, we have resumed the practice of oryoki, using the ceremonial eating bowls.  This is a wonderful practice of taking just the right amount, eating with mindful care and not wasting any food.  Oryoki instruction will be available at 6 PM on Thursday, June 1 if you need a refresher or have not done it before.

Second,we have made some important changes to our COVID policy.  In general, masks will now be optional for this and future retreats.  The only exception to this would be if someone registers who has a high risk condition and needs others around them to also wear masks.  In that case, we will ask everyone to wear masks in the presence of that person for their protection.  All other COVID guidelines will apply.  Of course anyone who would feel more comfortable wearing a mask for any reason is encouraged to do so.

Additionally, although we encourage attendees to follow CDC gidelines, we will no longer be tracking vaccination status.  GPZC will continue to re-evaluate policies in times of higher transmission if and when these should occur.   If our policies change, future announcements will be made.

Finally, during this sesshin, we will be holding Shuso Hossen for Julie Seido Nelson, teacher Coordinator and Dharmaholder at Great Boston Zen Center.  Julie, who was installed May 21 as our shuso for this ango, will be in attending in person for the sesshin and for Shuso Hossen on Saturday, June 3 at 11 AM.

During Shuso Hossen, Shuso will present Case 38: Rinzai’s True Person.  Following her talk, students will have an opportunity to challenge her with pointed questions about the koan, creating a lively interchange. Here is the text of the koan (Yasutani Roshi’s translation) from the Book of Equanimity (Shoyo Roku):

Attention! Rinzai addressed the assembly, saying,”There is a true person of no rank.  They are always leaving and entering the gates of your face.  You beginners who have not witnessed them: Look! Look!”  Thereupon, a monk asked, “How about this true man of no rank?”  Rinzai got down from the seat and grabbed him.  The monk hesitated, and Rinzai pushed him away, saying, “This true man of no rank, what a shit-stick he is!”

Please join us for this sesshin, whether you are able to attend the whole retreat, one day or just for the Shuso Hossen Saturday morning at 11 AM.  Please help Julie mark this important milestone in her practice.

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The following  COVID precautions are in effect:

  • Anyone attending in person is required to take a rapid antigen test (home test is fine) within 24 hours prior to arriving at this sesshin and only attend in person if the result is negative.  
  • Vaccinations and boosters as recommended by the CDC are encouraged but will no longer be required or tracked.
  • Masks are optional, unless someone attends whose risk status makes masks necessary in which case all participants will be asked to wear masks.
  • Social distancing to the extent feasible will continue to be practiced.
  • Participants must wash their hands frequently, use hand sanitizer when handling shared equipment and wipe surfaces with disinfectant after use as appropriate.
  • 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.
  • We will continue to re-evaluate our policies in times of higher transmission rates.

Table with nested oryoki bowls.Scholarships are available for any who need them. As always, we encourage those who are able to donate an additional amount for the retreat to help us keep retreats affordable for everyone. Participants will receive instructions, a detailed schedule, and Zoom access information after registering.  The cost of full time in person attendance is $150 for members and $170 for others, prorated for part-time attendance.  The suggested donation for online participation is $10-30 per night, depedning on how much you will be attending.  Please  register no later than Tuesday, May 30.