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Practice Periods

 

Practice periods offer the chance to settle into the rhythm of steady, sustained and structured practice over an extended period of time.  Hokyoji’s practice period schedule does not focus exclusively on zazen, but emphasizes a holistic approach to caring for the body and mind.  There is time for individual relaxation and rest, exercise and body work, and group discussion of a classic or contemporary spiritual text.  Private discussion with a senior teacher is also possible.  

Although full participation in the practice period is encouraged, it is possible to attend in one-week increments (Tuesday to Sunday).  If the one-week increment won’t work for you, please contact us to discuss options.  You may register online.  Please sign up to participate in a practice period at least 48 hours before your planned arrival.  Not only does this give us the time we need to make sure we can feed and accommodate you, it gives you the opportunity to be thoughtful about your practice commitment.

Suggested contribution: members: $45/day, non-members: $55/day

 

2016 winter practice period daily schedule

Saturday & Tuesday (Silent)

4:30 Wake
5:00 Zazen
5:35 Kinhin
5:45 Zazen
6:20 Kinhin
6:30 Zazen
7:05 Service
7:30 Oyoki breakfast
Clean up

9:30 Zazen
10:05 Kinhin
10:20 Zazen
10:55 Kinhin
11:10 Zazen
11:45 Service
12:05 Oryoki lunch
Clean up

1:45 Work practice
3:15 End work

5:00 Zazen
5:35 Service

7:00 Zazen
7:30 Kinhin
7:40 Zazen
8:10 Kinhin
8:20 Zazen
8:50 End of day

Thursday

6:00 Wake
6:30 Zazen

7:05 Service
Breakfast prep all
8:00 Informal breakfast
Clean up

Sunday, Monday, Wednesday (Quiet)

4:30 Wake
5:00 Zazen

5:35 Kinhin
5:45 Zazen
6:20 Kinhin
6:30 Zazen
7:05 Service
7:30 Oyoki breakfast
Clean up

9:00 Tea and discussion
10:00 End discussion
11:10 Zazen
11:45 Service
12:05 Oryoki lunch
Clean up

1:45 Work practice
3:15 End work

5:00 Zazen
5:35 Service

7:00 Zazen
7:30 Kinhin

7:40 Zazen
8:10 Kinhin
8:20 Zazen
8:50 End of day

Friday

6:00 Informal supper
7:30 Zazen
8:00 End of day