The Great Way Is Not Difficult

Zhaozhou taught, “’The great way isn’t difficult if you don’t pick and choose.’ As soon as I speak,
you’ll think, ‘That’s picking and choosing,’ or ‘That’s clear.’ But I don’t identify with clarity. Can you live like that?”
A student asked, “If you don’t identify with clarity, what do you live by?”
“I don’t know.”

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Sunday Zen with Guest Host Jesse Cardin: August 21st

Weekly Meditation & Talks: Monday – Thursday, join us

Alternating Tuesdays: PZI Talk LIVE! with Gaffney & Hitchcock return in September

Upcoming Retreats: Open Mind w John Tarrant & Tess Beasley

Open Temple: August 1st – September 30th

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IN PERSON: End-of-Summer Weekend Retreat – Building a Grass Hut: with David Parks Roshi

August 12 @ 7:00 pm - August 14 @ 12:00 pm



A Weekend  Retreat with Bluegrass Zen
 Pacific Zen Institute

In Person at Cathedral Domain
in the Eastern Kentucky Mountains

7 pm Friday evening on August 12th, 
through Sunday noon on August 14th

For years, Shitou Xiqian meditated in a hut built on a rock near Nan Monastery. The poem, Song of a Grass Hut, is Shitou’s reflection on his years of practice in this hut:

I built a grass hut where there’s nothing of value.
After eating, I relax and enjoy a nap. 
When it was completed, fresh weeds appeared.
Now it’s been lived in, covered by weeds.
The person in the hut lives here calmly, 
not stuck to inside, outside, or in-between.

—Shitou Xiqian

Why not a grass hut of the heart, where in the midst of it all, you can return to the grace of this moment, the refuge of here? 

Uncertainty defines our time. Peril and pestilence, fires and floods, war—what next? Why not a practice that you can carry with you wherever you go, whatever may befall?

Our retreat will be held at the beautiful Cathedral Domain, an Episcopal retreat center in the heart of the eastern Kentucky mountains. In this natural setting, you will find trails, hills, rocks and streams—and an invitation to build the grass hut of your practice.


Retreat Details

The Retreat House features individual rooms, each room with a bathroom. Meals are provided by the retreat center.

Address: Cathedral Domain
800 State Hwy 1746
Irvine KY 40336

The closest airport is in Lexington, Kentucky, for those flying in to retreat. If you need to arrive a day early, members of Bluegrass Zen have volunteered to open their homes on Thursday night.

Schedule (all times are EDT):

August 12th, Friday: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
August 13th, Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
August 14th, Sunday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Scholarships available if you need some financial assistance to attend.
Please just ask David Parks at

Registration is limited to 20 people. Registration fee is $260 for the weekend.

For registration questions, contact Registrar Amy Pemberton at

David Parks Roshi is a Zen Teacher and Director of Bluegrass Zen in Lexington and Waco, Kentucky.

David has a deep interest in community, and in leadership development in Western Chan Koan Zen. For him, Koan Zen is about the opening and transformation of the heart-mind, where meditation and koans are the tools. Having been in the United Church of Christ for 40 years, he draws on the resources of his Christian faith as encouragement along the Koan Zen path. 



August 12 @ 7:00 pm
August 14 @ 12:00 pm
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Cathedral Domain
800 State Hwy 1746
Irvine, KY 40336 United States
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