BZC’s 20s and 30s Dharma Group is happy to announce it will be hosting its fourth annual “Hills and Streams” backpacking sesshin, from Friday, April 20, through Sunday, April 22 (plus a mandatory orientation meeting on Thursday, April 19). The sesshin will be held at Sky Camp in Point Reyes. You can sign up either at BZC or online at the BZC website. Cancellation deadline is April 8.
The topic of discussion (led by Gerry Oliva) will be the concept of “Acceptance and Radical Acceptance in Zen Buddhism.” We will be reading from Suzuki Roshi’s talks on the koans “Every Day Is a Good Day” and “Sun-Faced Buddha, Moon-Faced Buddha,” and also Thich Nhat Hahn’s poem “Call Me by My True Name.” This is an intensive meditation retreat which will involve significant hiking and will maintain (to the extent possible) a sesshin atmosphere and practice. This includes long periods of silence, sitting zazen, and shared responsibilities (cooking, cleaning, etc.). If you are new to backpacking or to sesshins, please speak with the directors, Sandeep Lehil or Chris Frost. This sesshin is a wonderful way to connect with other young sangha members and experience practice in wilderness. If you or someone you know is interested in attending, please email Sandeep (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chris (email@example.com). We hope to see many old and new faces there!