Dear Sangha Friend,
 
Next week, we enter our Summer Training Period, and dawn zazen will begin at 5:25am. The mountain is vibrating with the season—we hope you can join us for morning or evening zazen, a Sunday Morning Program or a weekend retreat.
 
We have two retreats in June that open up the summer with a sense of exploration and wonder. First, June 9-11, we'll welcome back Buddhist psychologist and psychoanalyst Mark Finn. He'll bring his insight and infectious curiosity to the work of Dreaming to Wake Up: Engaging Your Unconscious in the Spirit of InquiryWe'll investigate the "social nature" of dream work by sharing our own dreams in small and large groups. This program is sure to change the way you think about practice and "that dark country" we visit when the sense gates close for the night. Check out our conversation with Mark about this program.
 
You can also listen to our conversation with Vanessa Zuisei Goddard about her retreat Moving Into Stillness: Running as Meditation, June 16-18. This program looks at body practice in general, and running specifically, as an essential aspect of developing meditative stability and continuity. What is the relationship between the apparent stillness of zazen and physical activity? How can we maintain our awareness throughout the apparent transitions between activities? Zuisei brings decades of experience as both a dedicated runner and Zen practitioner as she guides us through what will surely be a revelatory retreat.
 
Looking Ahead
Next month, Barbara Boris will join us the weekend of July 14-16 to lead a new yoga program—The Yoga of Letting Go. How can we access space in the face of resistance so that we can step forward, both on and off the cushion? She'll help us use asana practice to explore the relationship between faith, courage, intention and release. The following weekend, July 21-23, we're thrilled to welcome David Hinton back to teach a new retreat—Daoist Roots: Entering the Wilderness of Early Chinese Zen. This program is an immersive exploration of Zen Buddhism's emergence and flourishing within Chinese native philosophy and artistic traditions. 
 
Check out these retreats and our entire summer retreat calendar online.
 
 
Important Dates for June
6/2-6/4  Introduction to Zen Training Weekend with Shugen Sensei 
6/9-6/11  Dreaming to Wake Up: Engaging Your Unconscious in the Spirit of Inquiry with Mark Finn, PhD
Listen to our conversation with Mark about this program. 
6/16-6/18  Moving Into Stillness: Running As Meditation with Vanessa Zuisei Goddard
Listen to our conversation with Zuisei about this program.

6/19-6/25  Summer Solstice 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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