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Greetings Affiliate Practice Leaders (APL) and Disciples-At-Large of the Silent Thunder Order,

Owing to the importance of our practicing and training together in intensive settings, and particularly in order to accomplish your Practiced Path Prerequisites, we are inviting all Priests and Disciples of the STO to attend and train, serving as Work Captain, Tenzo, or Ino (in that order of training-up) for at least one sesshin in Atlanta. You have asked for this in our APL discussions; we have listened and designed the schedule accordingly (click image to expand, or download schedule pdf).

In general, we want to encourage those within driving distance to come to ASZC for zazenkai and longer retreats, rather than or as well as hosting them at your location. In this way you will benefit from the effect of practicing in an intensive environment unplugged from your usual context. You will also get to know and practice with your dharma brothers and sisters, as well as receive training in the more formal protocols and best practices for sesshin.

Please indicate which of the sesshin and zazenkai you will commit to attend this year. Our goal is to have at least three (3) Disciples serving at each sesshin, two (2) for each zazenkai. You will be assigned a training role and are welcome to attend as many as you can manage.

Please review the schedule calendar for 2011. It shows six (6) Atlanta-based sesshin (which may be held at off-campus sites as well as at Zonolite), four of which end on the Fifth Sunday (Hossen - Dharma Combat); one for Jukai and the annual Rohatsu extended retreat. Note that it also includes zazenkai now attached to Second Sunday Sangha Lunch (covered dish). The latter is a special opportunity for additional participation by regional and Atlanta sanghas.

Sesshin will generally follow the Buddha-Dharma-Sangha protocols, with Buddha observing strict silence and sitting-only; Dharma will feature verbal teaching and study; and Sangha will emphasize training in protocols and community focus. The "Open" sesshin is just that, open to new ideas, such as a sesshin devoted to family practice.

We are planning the Abbot's travel to include one retreat per year with those remote Affiliates requiring air travel (Chicago, Halifax, Wichita). Regional retreats will be limited and served on a first-come basis.

Abbot visits to regional Affiliates will be supplemented by Shiho Gareth Young. Please contact Gareth directly to arrange any such program. (Novice Priests Myoun Cherry Zimmer, Eijun Carola Butler and Joriki Marcus Barlow and any others who complete their Shukke Tokudo prerequisites will also be qualified to lead retreats). Please work with the existing open dates on the attached for your local retreats so as not to conflict with the training center.

APLs - Please plan to post and distribute this calendar (download PDF) to your members and encourage them to accompany you when you attend. (The calendar is a unique and original design, oriented to displaying the year horizontally with the weekends at the top; please respect the copyright. :—)

*If you are unable to participate in training at all next year, either locally or on retreat, please let the Abbot know. You will be placed on inactive status for 2011. You will be invited to petition for re-activation in 2012.*

Please contact with any questions or comments.

Gassho,
Sensei

2011CalSTO_copy
Greetings Affiliate Practice Leaders (APL) and Disciples-At-Large of the Silent Thunder Order,

Owing to the importance of our practicing and training together in intensive settings, and particularly in order to accomplish your Practiced Path Prerequisites, we are inviting all Priests and Disciples of the STO to attend and train, serving as Work Captain, Tenzo, or Ino (in that order of training-up) for at least one sesshin in Atlanta. You have asked for this in our APL discussions; we have listened and designed the schedule accordingly (download schedule pdf).


In general, we want to encourage those within driving distance to come to ASZC for zazenkai and longer retreats, rather than or as well as hosting them at your location. In this way you will benefit from the effect of practicing in an intensive environment unplugged from your usual context. You will also get to know and practice with your dharma brothers and sisters, as well as receive training in the more formal protocols and best practices for sesshin.

Please indicate which of the sesshin and zazenkai you will commit to attend this year. Our goal is to have at least three (3) Disciples serving at each sesshin, two (2) for each zazenkai. You will be assigned a training role and are welcome to attend as many as you can manage.

Please review the schedule calendar for 2011. It shows six (6) Atlanta-based sesshin (which may be held at off-campus sites as well as at Zonolite), four of which end on the Fifth Sunday (Hossen - Dharma Combat); one for Jukai and the annual Rohatsu extended retreat. Note that it also includes zazenkai now attached to Second Sunday Sangha Lunch (covered dish). The latter is a special opportunity for additional participation by regional and Atlanta sanghas.

Sesshin will generally follow the Buddha-Dharma-Sangha protocols, with Buddha observing strict silence and sitting-only; Dharma will feature verbal teaching and study; and Sangha will emphasize training in protocols and community focus. The "Open" sesshin is just that, open to new ideas, such as a sesshin devoted to family practice.

We are planning the Abbot's travel to include one retreat per year with those remote Affiliates requiring air travel (Chicago, Halifax, Wichita). Regional retreats will be limited and served on a first-come basis.

Abbot visits to regional Affiliates will be supplemented by Shiho Gareth Young. Please contact Gareth directly to arrange any such program. (Novice Priests Myoun Cherry Zimmer, Eijun Carola Butler and Joriki Marcus Barlow and any others who complete their Shukke Tokudo prerequisites will also be qualified to lead retreats). Please work with the existing open dates on the attached for your local retreats so as not to conflict with the training center.

APLs - Please plan to post and distribute this calendar (download PDF) to your members and encourage them to accompany you when you attend. (The calendar is a unique and original design, oriented to displaying the year horizontally with the weekends at the top; please respect the copyright. :—)

*If you are unable to participate in training at all next year, either locally or on retreat, please let the Abbot know. You will be placed on inactive status for 2011. You will be invited to petition for re-activation in 2012.*

Please contact with any questions or comments.

Gassho,
Sensei