July 14 - August 4, 2012
led by Teah Strozer Residential participants should plan to arrive before 2:00 pm on Friday, July 13.
There is no such thing as time. Time is a mental construct. But we live bound by it; losing it, wasting it. We're told to live 100% in the present moment, a moment of eternity. But we choose to live in linear time. In spiritual practice, we hope to be enlightened, later. Our retreat will be held in silence and will explore this notion of time with masters Suzuki Roshi, Eihei Dogen, Dainin Katagiri, and writers Virginia Woolf and T.S. Eliot. We'll look at time and physics. By the "time" we get to sesshin we will have cut off past and future as linear realities and live only in this present realized moment. Please join the City Center sangha for a joyful investigation of the illusion of time and the reality of the only moment we know, this present miracle of a moment. Interview with Teah
Included in the Daily Schedule
• Zazen (5 periods weekdays)
• Daily classes (weekdays)
• Silent Meals
• Mindful samu (work practice)
This retreat concludes with a 5-day sesshin, July 31-August 4 Residential Participation and Fees
Participants will live in the 300 Page Street building for the duration of the summer retreat and make a commitment to follow the schedule completely. For those participating in the full practice period schedule the all-inclusive fee is
$900 for a dorm room, $1,200 for a shared room, and $1,500 for a private room. Please see the eligibility and how to apply section below for more information. Non-residential Participation and Fees
Participation in this intensive practice period can be done while still continuing to live outside the temple. You are invited to participate in all aspects of the daily schedule, including meals. For those participating in the intensive who are not in residence, the fee is $500 and includes three meals a day. Please see the eligibility and how to apply section below for more information.
Eligibility and How to Apply
Eligible applicants are those who have enough sitting experience to be comfortable with the forms of practice, sitting seven periods of zazen a day, and who have an ability to maintain the discipline of a monastic style daily schedule. Applications can be obtained from the City Center front office or downloaded by clicking [Word
] or [PDF
]. All applications must be accompanied by a $30 application fee and are due July 2 [extended from June 15]. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Mimi Saunders, Abbess’s Assistant, at 415.354.0393 or by email
Residential guidelines are available from the City Center office or in [PDF
]. Application deadline:
You may submit your application up until July 2, 2012. Deadline extended.
Applications will be reviewed in the order received.
Address for applications:
Summer Retreat 2012 Applications
San Francisco Zen Center/Front Office
300 Page Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Teah Strozer is a dharma heir in Suzuki Roshi's lineage. She is a practice leader and member of the Elders Council at the San Francisco Zen Center. Until recently she taught meditation and ethics at the Bay School high school as the school's Chaplain. She is the Guiding Teacher at the Brooklyn Zen Center.