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Retreat Center Programs

Posted on Apr 13 , 2012 in Our Programs

Retreat Center Programs
Providence Zen Center holds at least one retreat every month, of varying durations.
Participation in a retreat is a time to investigate your life closely. This experience can bring about a clearer, more compassionate direction, and more harmonious relationships within all aspects of life.

Retreat Center Programs

  • Yong Maeng Jong Jin - Yong Maeng Jong Jin retreats are two, three or seven days long and are held in silence.
  • Kyol Che retreats – Kyol Che retreats are held twice a year for 90 days in the winter (typically January through March) and 27 days in the summer (July or August).
  • Christian – Buddhist retreats - Christians and Buddhists can use very similar techniques of contemplative prayer and meditation to help make their spiritual teachings a living part of their daily existence. These retreats emphasize sitting and walking meditation, and include talks and discussion.

Unless specified, retreats costs are as follows:

  • $65/day for non-members and associate members;
  • $45/day for students, clergy and school members;
  • $35/day for Dharma Teachers and Dharma Teachers in training in the Kwan Um School of Zen.

Retreat participants can also stay at the zen center for one night (either before or after the retreat) at no additional charge.

Participants should register at least 48 hours in advance (one week for kyol che retreats). Beginners are very welcome. Please contact the Zen Center for more information.

To register for your retreat online - fill out the retreat registration form.

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Weekly Meditation Classes

Posted on Feb 25 , 2011 in Our Programs

Weekly Meditation Classes

Weekly Meditation Classes are always free but a suggested donation of $5 helps us keep these programs running. If you are interested in learning about zen meditation, the best way to start is to attend a walk-in meditation instruction class at the zen center. By attending the class you will learn about what zen teaching is and the meditation techniques that we use here, as well as a general introduction to the zen center. No registration is required, please see the schedule below.

Wednesdays

First Wednesday each month 5:30pm Public dinner 6:30pm Meditation instruction class 6:30pm Special Chanting 7:00pm Regular Chanting 7:30pm Sitting and walking meditation to 8:30pm plus Zen interviews with Zen Master Bon Haeng (Mark Houghton) or Nancy Hedgpeth, JDPSN or a guest teacher

Second Wednesday each month 5:30pm Public dinner 6:30pm Meditation instruction class 6:30pm Special Chanting 7:00pm Regular Chanting 7:30pm Sitting and walking meditation to 8:30pm plus consulting interviews with a senior student

Third Wednesday each month 5:30pm Public dinner 6:30pm Meditation instruction class 6:30pm Special Chanting 7:00pm Regular Chanting 7:30pm Sitting and walking meditation to 8:30pm plus Zen interviews with Zen Master Bon Haeng (Mark Houghton) or Nancy Hedgpeth, JDPSN or a guest teacher

Fourth Wednesday each month 5:30pm Public dinner 6:30pm Meditation instruction class 6:30pm Special Chanting 7:00pm Regular Chanting 7:30pm Talk

Fifth Wednesday each month (if any) 5:30pm Public dinner 6:30pm Meditation instruction class 6:30pm Special Chanting 7:00pm Regular Chanting 7:30pm Sitting and walking meditation to 8:30pm

Every Sunday

9:00 am – 9:30 am – Meditation Instruction Class 9:30 am – 10:40 am – Two half hour sitting periods with a ten minute walking meditation in-between 10:45 am – 11:30 am – A Dharma Talk followed by refreshments

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Dharma Talks

Posted on Feb 25 , 2011 in Our Programs

Dharma Talks

Talks are a great opportunity to learn more about zen teaching. They consist of a short introductory talk by a student followed by a question and answer session with a teacher or senior student. They are held every Sunday and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Providence Zen Center and usually last about one hour.

 

 

 

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Dharma School

Posted on Feb 25 , 2011 in Our Programs

Dharma School

Dharma School

The Providence Zen Center offers classes for children ages 4-12 and their families in meditation, mindfulness and the Buddhist Tradition. Classes are held on the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 10-11:15AM

Dharma School’s History and Mission:

The Providence Zen Center launched Dharma School in December 2010 and continues to offer classes the second and fourth Sundays of each month at 10am. The mission of the PZC Dharma School is to provide sangha members and other interested parents the opportunity to involve their children in Buddhist education and mediation practice. Dharma School’s goal is to introduce children to our Buddhist tradition, while emphasizing creativity, play, and togetherness. It is our hope that the Dharma School will help create an atmosphere in which families feel welcome to bring their children to the Zen Center for exposure to the dharma and meditation practice.

The program is open to any child, age 4 to 12, interested in exploring the dharma. Older children and teenagers are always welcome to attend dharma talks or sittings in the main dharma room.  If older children have an interest in mentoring younger students, they are invited to assist in Dharma School classes.  Parents are welcome to contact the school to determine the best fit for their child.

Class Content & Structure:

Each Dharma School class is centered on a Buddhist theme or teaching, many of which are taken from sources such as the Buddha’s life, the Jataka Tales, the Four Noble Truths, and the Precepts and Paramitas. Every class is typically comprised of three major learning components: education about the Buddhist tradition, exploration of an ethical theme, and practice of mindfulness and mediation. These three components are explored through stories, crafts, movement, meditation, activities, and games.

For Parents:

Parents are always invited to accompany their children in the classroom, and parent involvement helps create a more lively and dynamic atmosphere. However, if your child wishes to attend alone, Dharma School is held either during the dharma talks (2nd Sundays) or long sittings (4th Sundays) in the main dharma room at 10am. Parents are invited to attend the talks or sittings while their child is in Dharma School. For parents who would like instruction on meditation practice, there is a mediation instruction class held prior to Dharma School at 9am. If you are interested in attending that session, then please contact the Dharma School at the email address below and childcare can be arranged for the 9am – 10am hour.

For More Information:

If you are interested in becoming involved, please attend a class; students may join at any time. If you would like more information on Dharma School, please write pzcdharmaschool@gmail.com or visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/PZCDharmaSchool.