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Study Week: Contemporary Practice and the Fourth Monk

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Ryotan Cynthia Kear
with Ryotan Cynthia Kear
July 14-18, 2014 (Monday-Friday)

What is it to be a monk in the world?

Most of us practice where we live - in the "marketplace," a wide field of homes, jobs, relationships, technology, cars, endless craving, distractions and preference. Yet the resonance of practice draws us and we wonder, amid the complexity and demands of life, can we, like the fourth monk, travel from the monastery of our lives into the world of the marketplace and home again maintaining our equanimity, integrity and embodying our vow? Can we be a monk in the world? What would that look like and what does it mean? Within the wholeness of Tassajara and the wisdom of sangha, we'll ponder this koan. For a monk in the world, what is the life of vow, refuge and renunciation?

The rate for Study Week is $68 per person, per day for shared guest accommodations. If you are traveling with a companion, private rooms are available for two. Spaces are limited; please call Reservations at (888) 743-9362 to register.

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Ryotan Cynthia Kear

Cynthia Kear has been practicing Soto Zen Buddhism for twenty-five years. As a full-time employee with an active family, she appreciates how demanding life can be. “Everywhere practice,” infusing the everyday “marketplace” of our lives with space, awareness, stability and ease, is her primary interest.