Sunday, June 24 -
Friday, June 29
Sunday 1:30 pm - Friday lunch
led by Meiya Wender
and Kiku Christina Lehnherr
Called in Japanese Fukuden-kai,
a gathering for sewing the robe which is called a “field of blessings,” this retreat will be devoted to sewing Buddha's robe and sitting zazen. Retreatants will join the Green Gulch community for morning and afternoon zazen, service, and soji
(temple cleaning), and will sew during the day.
The retreat is open to those who have permission from their teacher to sew a rakusu in preparation for receiving the precepts, or an okesa for priest ordination. Those who have already received the precepts and wish to sew another rakusu for themselves or someone else, as well as those who are training to teach robe sewing are also welcome.
This retreat is particularly suited for those who want to sew Buddha’s Robe and are unable to attend weekly classes at Green Gulch or at the City Center.
The retreat begins on Sunday at 1:30 pm and ends with lunch on Friday. Participants are welcome to arrive earlier on Sunday and attend the 10:15 am Dharma Talk. Fees:
$70 per day for accommodations in our Guest House. A separate donation to Green Gulch for teaching and sewing materials is requested. (Suggested range: $100 - $250.)Accommodations are still available.Commuters
are welcome and are asked to make donations for meals and teaching. Participants may attend all, or any part, of this retreat.
Please register in advance for full or partial attendance.
Registration: Call our toll free number 888.743.9362 or our local number 415.475.9362.
Meiya Wender has practiced at Zen Center since 1972 and received Dharma Transmission from Tenshin Reb Anderson in 2002. She has held many monastic positions at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and Green Gulch, including director, ino, tenzo, and tanto. She has studied the Way of Tea for many years, including a year at the Urasenke Midorikai program in Kyoto, and teaches Tea in Sowing the Moon Teahouse at Green Gulch.
City Center Abiding Abbess Kiku Christina Lehnherr
Kiku Christina Lehnherr became City Center Abbess in February 2012. She has degrees in physical therapy and Clinical Psychology and practiced both in Switzerland. Ordained as a priest by Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1993, she received Dharma Transmission from Tenshin Reb Anderson in 2005. From 2003 to 2006 she served as Head of Practice (Tanto) at City Center. Between 2006 and 2012, Christina lived in Marin where she continued to support sitting groups and students as a non-residential teacher.