Sesshin Application Form
Blue Cliff Zen Sangha
28 June - 1 July, 2018
By applying you are agreeing to attend the entire retreat, keeping the schedule, and following instructions from the teachers and leaders. This practice is intense and difficult and is only open to people who have a regular silent sitting meditation practice and who have sat at least one half-day retreat in either a Zen, Vipassana, Dzogchen, or similar discipline.
Pine Mountain Buddhist Temple is extremely remote, approximately forty miles into the mountains from the nearest towns. It is high desert, at approximately four thousand feet. It will likely be hot during the day and can be quite cold at night. Please bring clothing appropriate to these temperature swings.
Sleeping arrangements are dormitory. You need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow or sheets and blankets. Bedding is available from the monastery at an additional cost of ten dollars. If you plan on using the monastery's bedding, we need to know this in advance.
There are male and female identified dormitories. If you have a special need in this regard, please let us know in advance. If we can accommodate your special need we will. If we cannot we will let you know in time for you to decide if the alternatives we can offer are acceptable.
To apply, please respond to the following questions. They include some personal questions. Your answers to those will be held in confidence and no records beyond name and contact information will be retained after the retreat. We only ask these questions because a Zen retreat is a strenuous practice both physically and psychologically. While we try to be kind, the container of the practice is not.
Please describe your meditation practice history.
All meals will be vegetarian. Please list any food allergy/dietary restrictions
Do you snore or use a CPAP?
Do you have any physical limitations we should be aware of?
Do you have any psychological concerns that should be noted, such as major diagnosis?
Do you take any medications that we need to be aware of?
Will you need to use bedding provided by the monastery (there is an additional fee of ten dollars for this)
Please be aware that the monastery is in a remote area, and it will not be possible to obtain any of these things if you do not bring them yourself.
The Cost is $225.
If you cannot pay the fee, please send a note to our registrar (email below), and we will try to find a way to make it work for you.
All fees need to be paid by the 21th of June, one week prior to the beginning of the sesshin.
(Please note this fee does not include renumeration for any of the teachers or staff. Dana, a free-will offering will be accepted at the end of the sesshin in appreciation of those of the teachers who give talks and offer interviews, as well as for the tenzo (head cook).)
A Check list of what you need to bring:
A heavy coat
Sweater or Sweatshirt
Please wear muted colored clothing. Black gets you a gold star.
A sleeping bag and pillow or sheets and blankets. The facility has no bedding.
Towels and toiletries
We will eat our meals in formal Oryoki style. If you do not own an oryoki set, you will need to bring three bowls that can stack, chopsticks (If you cannot use chopsticks, then a fork), a spoon, and a small spatula. For cloths, you will need a washcloth, a cloth napkin, and a larger cloth such as a bandana.
The retreat is will be held at the Pine Mountain Buddhist Temple, 941 Lockwood Valley Road, Maricopa, CA 93252
To register (responding to all the questions listed here) write to Blue Cliff Zen Sangha, 2436 E. Fourth Street #889, Long Beach, CA 90814. Please include your check made out to "Blue Cliff Zen Sangha." If for some reason we cannot accommodate you, your check will be returned. For any questions please email us at Bluecliffzensangha@gmail.com