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2020-21 Clouds in Water Registration
  • 2021 June Intro to Meditation and Zen Buddhism Taizan
    With Taizan Alford
    Saturday, June 26
    9am-11:00am CT
    on Zoom
    Pay what you can, minimum $1
     
    This class offers an introduction to meditation and Zen Buddhism. We will cover how to meditate, how to set up a meditation space at home, basic Buddhist terms and teachings, and an overview of the Clouds in Water community. There will also be time for practice and conversation. 
     
    Link information will be emailed before the class.
     
    Classes and sesshin fees are pay-what-you-can. To help cover administrative costs and activate online registration, the minimum amount we ask is $1.00.  
     
    Online registration ends 6/24/2021
     
    If you wish to register after 6/24/2021 please contact the teacher directly at taizan@cloudsinwater.org.  Please note that you may not get an immediate response.
     
  • 2021 July IN PERSON Hokyoji Sesshin Dokai and Myo On
    Hokyoji Sesshin July 2021
    Begins at 12 pm CT on July 12
    Ends at 12 pm CT on July 18
    With Myo On Susan Hagler and Dokai Georgesen
     
    IN-PERSON OPTION
     
    We are excited to be offering our first in-person sesshin since March of 2020, with Zoom participation available as well on a separate registration page. This sesshin is offered at beautiful Hokyoji Zen Practice Community, located among the forested hills of southeastern Minnesota, just a few miles from the Mississippi River. 
     
    The sesshin will be led by Myo On Susan Hagler, member of the Clouds in Water teacher ryo, and Dokai Georgesen, the guiding teacher of Hokyoji. Many other members of the Clouds in Water teacher ryo will also be present at this sesshin.  
     
    In-person participation is limited, and seats may fill up quickly.
     
    In Person Option:
    Each sesshin day typically includes eight to ten 35-minute zazen periods, chanting services, a dharma talk, formal oryoki meals, outdoor activities, work practice and service assignments. Dokusan, individual face-to-face meetings with the teacher, will be offered two or three times during the week. Training in the forms will be provided as part of the sesshin.
     
    While sesshin practice can be challenging, Hokyoji’s tranquil meadows, woodlands, and bluffs offer guests a peaceful setting that invites relaxation, inspiration, and renewal. 
     
    Sample schedule (subject to change):
     
    5:25 AM Wake-up bell
    6:00 AM *Zazen
    6:30 AM *Kinhin
    6:40 AM *Zazen
    7:10 AM *Morning Liturgy
    7:45 AM Breakfast
     
    9:00 AM *Zazen
    9:35 AM *Kinhin
    9:45 AM *Dharma Talk
    11:00 AM *Break
    11:20 AM *Zazen
    11:50 AM *Noon Liturgy
    12:00PM Lunch
     
    1:30 PM Work Practice
    2:30 PM Body Practice
    3:15 PM Snack
    4:00 PM *Zazen
    4:35 PM *Kinhin
    4:50 PM *Zazen (metta practice)
    5:25 PM *Evening Liturgy
    5:45 PM Informal Dinner
     
    7:00 PM *Zazen
    7:35 PM *Kinhin
    7:45 PM *Zazen
    8:20 PM *Kinhin
    8:30 PM *Zazen
    8:35 PM *Recite Fukanzazengi
    8:55 PM *Evening Message
    9:05 PM *End of Day
    9:45 pm Lights Out
     
    Cost:
    We are offering this sesshin as a pay-what-you-can offering. However, please know that the cost of food and lodging is estimated to be $450/person. This does not include payments to the teachers. The actual value of this sesshin is estimated to be $980. If you are able to pay more and do so with an open heart, please do. In this way, we can continue to offer pay-what-you-can to those who cannot afford to pay full price.
     
    Limited seats:
    In-person participation is limited, and seats may fill up quickly. If you are interested in attending in-person, please register at your earliest convenience. Once registration is full there will be a waiting list, which will be found at the in-person registration link at that time.
     
    Requirements for in-person participation:
    • Previous meditation and sesshin experience
    • Must participate for the full week
    • Must be fully vaccinated
    If you have any questions or concerns about in-person logistics, please contact the ino, Myoshin, directly at myoshin@cloudsinwater.org
     
    Online registration ends 7/05/2021
     
    If you wish to register after 7/05/2021 please contact Myoshin directly at myoshin@cloudsinwater.org. Please note that you may not get an immediate response.
     
     
     
  • 2021 July ZOOM Hokyoji Sesshin Dokai and Myo On
    Hokyoji Sesshin July 2021
    Begins at 12 pm CT on July 12
    Ends at 12 pm CT on July 18
    With Myo On Susan Hagler and Dokai Georgesen
     
    ZOOM OPTION
     
    This sesshin will be led by Myo On Susan Hagler, member of the Clouds in Water teacher ryo, and Dokai Georgesen, the guiding teacher of Hokyoji.
     
    The starred activities on the sample schedule will be available on Zoom.
    Sample schedule (subject to change):
     
    5:25 AM Wake-up bell
    6:00 AM *Zazen
    6:30 AM *Kinhin
    6:40 AM *Zazen
    7:10 AM *Morning Liturgy
    7:45 AM Breakfast
     
    9:00 AM *Zazen
    9:35 AM *Kinhin
    9:45 AM *Dharma Talk
    11:00 AM *Break
    11:20 AM *Zazen
    11:50 AM *Noon Liturgy
    12:00PM Lunch
     
    1:30 PM Work Practice
    2:30 PM Body Practice
    3:15 PM Snack
    4:00 PM *Zazen
    4:35 PM *Kinhin
    4:50 PM *Zazen (metta practice)
    5:25 PM *Evening Liturgy
    5:45 PM Informal Dinner
     
    7:00 PM *Zazen
    7:35 PM *Kinhin
    7:45 PM *Zazen
    8:20 PM *Kinhin
    8:30 PM *Zazen
    8:35 PM *Recite Fukanzazengi
    8:55 PM *Evening Message
    9:05 PM *End of Day
    9:45 pm Lights Out
     
    To participate in a Zoom sesshin requires arranging your life and home space in a way that is conducive to silent meditation. We recognize that this is challenging for many of you, so we are offering a lot of flexibility for our Zoom participants. 
     
    Zoom participation cost:
    This is a “pay what you can” sesshin and it is also a “come when you can” sesshin. While some of you may be able to participate in full days, or even all seven days, we know that this will not be possible for everyone. We are happy to have you join us in whatever way works for you. The value of the Zoom sesshin is estimated to be $100/day.
     
    You will be sent a Zoom link and other welcome materials one to two days before the start date of the sesshin.
     
    Online registration ends 7/9/2021
     
    If you wish to register after 7/9/2021 please contact Myoshin directly at myoshin@cloudsinwater.org. Please note that you may not get an immediate response.
     
     
     
  • 2021 July Intro to Meditation and Zen Buddhism Myo On
    With Myo On Susan Hagler
    Saturday, July 24
    9am-11:00am CT
    In Person and on Zoom
    Pay what you can, minimum $1
     
    This class offers an introduction to meditation and Zen Buddhism. We will cover how to meditate, how to set up a meditation space at home, basic Buddhist terms and teachings, and an overview of the Clouds in Water community. There will also be time for practice and conversation. 
     
    Link information for Zoom participants will be emailed before the class.
     
    Classes and sesshin fees are pay-what-you-can. To help cover administrative costs and activate online registration, the minimum amount we ask is $1.00.  
     
    Online registration ends 7/22/2021
     
    If you wish to register after 7/22/2021 please contact the teacher directly at myoon@cloudsinwater.org.  Please note that you may not get an immediate response.
     
  • Installment Payments
    $10 minimum.
    Please note what the payment is for in the notes/memo area or use the class code e.g. Begin with Your Body, use the code body20