Saturday, September 21, 2103
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
with Steven Harper
and Jeremy Levie
Most of the world's spiritual traditions include some form of pilgrimage. Although not often taught in the West, Buddhism also includes such a practice. This retreat will be a contemporary pilgrimage, exploring the ancient art of walking. While pilgrimage is often from one place to another, we will end at the very place we begin, celebrating the sacred aspect of the journey itself. We will begin at Green Gulch with an introduction to the basic principles of sitting meditation (zazen) and walking practice (kinhin). Much of the day will be spent mindfully hiking trails in the wilds of Marin (3-6 miles in length), moving between silence, instruction, and informal discussion. This is a contemplative journey where each step is the goal. Please bring a bag lunch. Further information will be sent upon registration. Fees:
$45, $41 members, $36 limited income
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Steven Harper is a wilderness guide, author, and consultant. He has taught at Esalen Institute for over 25 years. A student of Buddhism since 1972, Steven has an M.A. in psychology. His work focuses on wild nature as a vehicle for awakening.
Jeremy Levie began practicing at San Francisco Zen Center in 1994. He was ordained by Eijun Linda Cutts in 2005 and trained as shuso with her in 2009. He has practiced in residence at each of San Francisco Zen Center’s three temples. He recently served as Green Gulch director and became tanto in 2012. He lives with his wife, Meg, and daughter, Elizabeth, at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, where he enjoys wandering the hills and serving as tanto.