October 23-25th, 2015
No Set Fee – Pay Whatever You Can Afford
Zen priest Karen Maezen Miller will lead an introduction to Zen practices and teachings on her newest book Paradise in Plain Sight, during the weekend retreat October 23rd – 25th. Participants will receive a full taste of the Zen tradition. She will teach zazen (Zen meditation) with its emphasis on the breath, walking meditation, and an introduction to Zen chanting. These are the traditional mindfulness practices that are incorporated into a Zen retreat. This retreat will also teach on Zen lessons in fearlessness, forgiveness, presence, acceptance, and contentment. The teachings are personal and informal, appropriate to all practitioners who like Maezen Miller gathers inspiration from the ground beneath her feet to remind us that paradise is always here and now.
Karen Maezen Miller is a sensei (teacher) at the Hazy Moon Zen Center in Los Angeles and the author of two books on spirituality in everyday life, Hand Wash Cold and Momma Zen. A frequent guest at the Rime Center, she leads workshops and retreats around the country.
Paradise in Plain Sight: Lessons from a Zen Garden
When Zen teacher Karen Maezen Miller and her family land in a house with a hundred-year-old Japanese garden, she uses the paradise in her backyard to glean the living wisdom of our natural world. Through her eyes, rocks convey faith, ponds preach stillness, flowers give love, and leaves express the effortless ease of letting go. The book welcomes readers into the garden for Zen lessons in fearlessness, forgiveness, presence, acceptance, and contentment. Miller gathers inspiration from the ground beneath her feet to remind us that paradise is always here and now.
“This is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. Karen Maezen Miller has cleared a path for all of us — from pain and confusion to joy and gratitude. She taught me that the secret garden I’ve been searching for has existed all along. I just needed to find the right guide.” — Priscilla Warner, author of Learning to Breathe and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Faith Club
Friday, October 23
7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Introductory Talk, “Paradise in Plain Sight”
Saturday, October 24
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Daylong retreat including meditation, walking meditation,
practice of silence, mindful eating, and teaching talk.
Sunday, October 25
10:30 a.m. Sunday Service Dharma Talk.
Non-residential Retreat: $135 in advance of $155 at the door, which includes all session and a light vegetarian lunch on Saturday. Retreatants may bring their own lunch, but are encouraged not to leave during the full-day intensive retreat.
Residential Retreat: $25 per night stay at the Rime Buddhist Center
These teachings are available to EVERYONE. We have “Suggested Fees,” however pay whatever you can afford at the door. Everyone is welcome! It is our hope that some will pay more to cover those who can’t afford the usual fee. We simply want everyone to come this weekend for these wonderful teachings.
Register by mail: Download the Registration Form here, print, and mail or bring it to the Rime Center.
Register online: Here