It was said that in early December the Buddha sat beneath the Bodhi tree and vowed not to get up until he had awakened. What is enlightenment? Is it rare or is it maybe happening all the time? Chiyoko awakened when the bottom of her bamboo bucket fell out into the well. Yu the donut maker was making doughnuts, the woman at the Inn was washing dishes, Lingyun was wandering among peach blossoms. We wake up in all different ways and in all conditions, while sitting in meditation, while working, while despairing, while lost. We wake up intentionally and unintentionally. It changes us. And then we have the question of what to do with the new world we’ve discovered. How do we make room in our lives for the consequences of that?

At this retreat we will have meditation, teaching and conversation and the chance to explore together what it means to be awake, and what an epiphany might be. We will have silence and the chance to see the morning arrive. Breakfast will be provided and we will have a potluck lunch. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a journal or paper and pen, as well as a lunch dish to share.

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$50 PZI members, $65 non-members. Scholarships are available to those in need.

Date & Schedule

December 10, 2017
10am-4pm (with optional sunrise meditation, breakfast starting at 7am)

7-9am Meditation as the sun comes up (optional)
9-10am Breakfast (optional)
10am Retreat Begins
12:30 Potluck Lunch
4pm Retreat Ends


Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center
825 Sonoma Avenue, Suite B
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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