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Heart Kyol Che Opening Ceremony
January 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Kyol Che is a traditional Korean Zen retreat. The name means “tight dharma” or “coming together.” In Korea, it is the three-month winter and summer periods when monks and nuns do intensive sitting practice in the mountain temples. The Providence Zen Center holds two Kyol Che retreats annually, with students sitting up to three months in the winter and four weeks in the summer. While many of us would love to be able to go to Korea or Providence to sit the long Kyol Che retreats, most of us find that our life situations make this difficult, if not impossible. So, for those of us who are not able to participate in Kyol Che, the Great Lake Zen Center is pleased to offer you a chance to do “Heart Kyol Che”. Heart Kyol Che is an opportunity for you to participate by doing extra practice at home and doing together practice as you are able. Heart Kyol Che will run concurrently with the traditional Kyol Che in Providence. By doing this Heart Kyol Che together, we will strengthen our own practice, and provide support to our fellow students who are able to sit the traditional Kyol Che. We in turn can draw inspiration and energy from their commitment.
On Tuesday, January 8th, at practice, we will have the opening ceremony for Heart Kyol Che. At this time we will have forms available for you to fill out, stating your commitment for additional practice. This commitment is personal, and does not need to be shared with anyone else, although, if you would like to discuss it with a senior dharma teacher, we would be happy to clarify or provide guidance as requested. If you are unable to attend the Heart Kyol Che ceremony on Tuesday evening, you can still participate. Attached to this email is a copy of the commitment form. Just print it out, fill in what you intend to do, and place it in a location where you will be sure to see it. Heart Kyol Che will end with our Buddha’s Birthday ceremony in April.
We hope to see you all on Tuesday evening for the Heart Kyol Che opening ceremony. Thank you, everyone, for your strong practice!