Spring 2015 Practice Period: The Value of a Broken Heart.

Crystal Springs Sangha will begin its first ever Practice Period on February 28, 2015. Its theme will be The Value of a Broken Heart: Finding Dogen’s One Bright Pearl when practice breaks your heart open.

A practice period is a time of intensified commitment to practice and includes sittings, classes, and a longer sit at the end. Our practice period begins with a one-day sitting on Saturday, February 28th, at Santa Clara University’s MultiFaith Sanctuary. The sitting will begin at 9:00am and end at 5:00pm.

Our leaders Sarita Tamayo-Moraga and Keith Wiley will teach six classes based on the practice period’s theme. These classes begin on Thursday, March 5th and end on Thursday, April 16th, with a break between March 19th and April 2nd. Classes will be held during our Thursday evening meetings.

The practice period will conclude with a three-day sesshin (intensive sitting retreat) held at Black Mountain Center from April 23rd to April 26th.

This practice period is also a shuso practice period. A shuso is head student or head monk of a practice period and the shuso is trained by the teacher in terms of leading practice periods, teaching, and helping others with their meditation. Keith Wiley will serve as shuso, and we will celebrate his Shuso ceremony on Saturday, May 9th at Russian River Zendo in Guerneville. This is the traditional closing in which we all ask Keith questions about our suffering which he has to answer on the spot. A modified dharma combat, but in a kind way!

All are welcome to join us for all or part of this practice period. For more information or to register for events, please contact Keith Wiley.