The Virtue of Harmony: Gifts and Challenges of the Sangha Treasure, with Ryushin Sensei

New York City  

July 20, 2013
10:00 amto4:00 pm

Zen Center of New York City

For many Buddhist practitioners, sangha — the community of fellow practitioners — presents the greatest challenge and opportunity for practice and training. The “other” is always the greatest threat to the self — as well as the most effective mirror, the most poignant barrier, and the most potent gateway to freedom.

In this retreat, we’ll look at how the sangha can support our practice and how, in the end, it is only within the sangha that we can realize our deepest intentions of clarity and compassion. What is our responsibility to each other as sangha? To what degree do we see the sangha as being able to guide us in our practice — as challenge, mirror, source of accountability, witness to our transparency or hiddenness? How do we actually practice the sangha treasure in the everyday, kitchen-sink encounters that make up our life?

These reflections are not intended as an exercise in self-criticism, but rather as an attempt to gain perspective into the workings of our mind and its habitual patterns. By working in a focused and deliberate way to discover and gain intimacy with our barriers, we learn how to offer our uniqueness and appreciate the uniqueness of others.

About the Instructor: Ryushin Sensei is the abbot and resident teacher of Zen Mountain Monastery. Ryushin Sensei came to the dharma through Vipassana meditation, eventually shifting to Zen practice and taking Daido Roshi as his teacher in 1987. After a medical career that included pediatrics and psychiatry, he entered full-time residential training in 1992; he received dharma transmission from Daido Roshi in 2009.

Cost: $75 (MRO Student: $65)

The Virtue of Harmony, with Ryushin Sensei
Zen Center of New York City
500 State Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 875-8229 •