The Creative Impulse: An Art Practice Retreat with Hojin Osho
The Creative Impulse: An Art Practice Retreat with Hojin Osho
Dear Sangha Friend,
As we move into the last month of winter schedule, we invite you to connect with your innate silence, stillness—and creativity! See more about Hojin Osho's new art pratice retreat, below. We'd love to see you. 
February Programs
Interested in developing your meditation practice at home? The weekend of Feb. 10-12, we'll offer Finding the Still Point with Zuisei Goddard and senior monastics Shoan Ankele and Gokan Bonebakker. Explore the extended sitting and silence of a zazen intensive within a larger schedule that includes a chance to ask questions and interact informally with the community. Includes an afternoon zazen posture clinic.
Hojin Osho will offer a new art practice retreat the weekend of Feb. 17-19—The Creative Impulse. Creative behavior includes openness, a willingness to take risks, tolerate ambiguity and cope with new situations. Good life skills, too! If you've worked with Hojin before, you know she is a steady and sensitive guide into the creative process. If you haven't, be encouraged to take the leap. The weekend includes working with liturgy to inform our intention, getting to know our materials, and connecting with our natural creative impulse.
Looking Ahead
We're thrilled to welcome Jacqueline Mandell, one of the founders and early teachers at IMS in Barre, MA, to lead a new program called Appearance and Emptiness the weekend of March 17-19. Jacqueline was one of the first Westerners to travel to the East and bring the dharma back to American students, and she's been teaching worldwide for forty years. You can listen to our conversation with her about this upcoming program. 
In Other News 
In January, Sanbo Bell, Walter Burton, Scott Forster, and Deborah Hovland became formal MRO Students.
On Saturday, January 21st, the MRO sangha participated in the historic Women's Marches in DC, New York City and elsewhere. Read more about it here (pictures included!).
Important Dates for February
2/3-2/5  Introduction to Zen Training Weekend with Shugen Sensei 
2/10-2/12  Finding the Still Point: Zazen with Zuisei Goddard, Shoan Ankele & Gokan Bonebakker 
2/10-2/12  Intimate Listening with Christian McEwen
2/12  Zen Kids/Zen Teens Program, 9am-noon  
2/17-2/19  The Creative Impulse: An Art Practice Retreat with Hojin Osho
2/20-2/26  Bodhidharma Sesshin with Shugen Sensei 
Please don't let financial issues prevent you from attending a program at the Monastery.
If you can't afford the program fee, there are options.
Sunday Morning Program
The Sunday Program is open to the public and offered every week of the year. If it's your first visit, you'll receive beginning instruction in zazen (Zen meditation) and an orientation to the Monastery.
9am-noon: Liturgy, zazen, and dharma talk
Noon-1pm: Lunch & clean-up
Please arrive by 8:45am and plan to stay for the whole morning. $5 suggested donation.
Wednesday Evening Zazen
Beginning instruction in zazen offered weekly except during sesshin; please check our calendar or call first to confirm. 
March-December: 7:30-9pm
January-February: 6:30-8pm

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