Zen Mtn Kyudo

10 05 2008

I received the schedule for Sonoma Mtn Kyudo. Finally it is almost here. I have been waiting for this! I had wanted to attend this last year but could not. I saved since then to attend this year. It is not that costly but when one is watching funds…I’ll say no more. Then the timing, with the Heart Zen retreat next week, How was I going to pull of both? It is a blessing several things worked out so I could attend both. I guess the Force wants me in training. and training it is…wakeup @ 4:45 brutal!!!!

As for the schedule, OMG! There is no free time that I can see. Day or night, everything is planned out. When can I do my Tai Chi , reading, play my flute, take Pictures, update my blog! Sigh, Well it is not a vacation, it is a learning trip for mind, body, spirit. It is training. Shisuk says all the time, training is not suppose to be fun. It is training! You want fun go to the Gym. This is Martial Art.


Wed. May 14 intermediate/advanced students only)

10 am arrival to help set up venue ( what no lunch!!)
6:00-6:40 dinner
6:45-7:30 zazen instruction with Shinko for Kyudo students
7:30-9:00 zazen (Introductory talk )in Zendo Hall 9:30 lights out

Thurs May 15-Sat.May 17

4:45am wake-up
5:15-7:00 morning zazen and service in the Zendo Hall
7:00-7:30 >breakfast (all meals in the Sangha House)
7:30-8:00 kitchen cleanup for
assigned crew (4 Kyudo students + 1 SMZC resident)
8:15-9:15 silent work practice
9:30-11:45 Kyudo
12:00-12:45 lunch
12:45-1:15 kitchen clean-up for assigned crew>
1:30-5:00 Kyudo
5:00 pm Beginner students arrive>6:00-6:40 dinner>6:45-7:15 kitchen cleanup for assigned crew Thursday only
6:45-7:30 zazen instruction for beginner students
7:30: Introductory talk for Beginners–location to be announced
7:30-9:00 evening zazen
9:30 lights out

Sun. May 18th

4:45am wake-up
5:15-7:00 morning zazen
7:30-8:00 kitchen cleanup
8:15-9:15 work practice (packing and cleaning of living area)
9:30-11:00 Kyudo
11:00-11:30 Tosha( Closing kyudo demonstration)
11:30-12;00 Closing remarks.
12:15-1:00 lunch
1:00 tear down of venue
2:30 departure Zen Mtn Kyudo




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