Study Retreat Confirmation

October ______________ Zen Studies Retreat with Tim Burnett

Dear (name),

You are registered for the Zen Studies Retreat with Nomon Tim Burnett. Thank you for your commitment of $___. We have received your deposit of $___ and the balance of $___ will be due on arrival at the retreat. OR Thank you for your commitment of $___ and your payment in full.

The schedule:

When:
Saturday, October 15, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and
    Sunday, October 16, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: 
Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest Street, Bellingham, WA

The current draft of the detailed schedule is available on line at http://sites.google.com/site/redcedarzendocs/w/programs/organizing/study-retreat-schedule

Our annual Fall Zen Studies retreat is a combination of a seminar and a meditation retreat. The day will be a mix of silent meditation practice, talks and discussion. The noon meal will be provided and taken in silence (buffet style, not oryoki). Private interviews with the teacher (doksuan) are not available at our study retreats. 

Participants will take care of their own dinner on Saturday (2 hour dinner break) followed by an evening of zazen. 
[Note change from earlier publicity which mentioned a sangha potluck during the evening.]

Please arrive on time and plan to stay for the entire schedule unless other arrangements have been made. 

If you must arrive late and a zazen period is underway, please wait in the lobby or library for the next break. A schedule will be posted in the entryway.

Dana:
In Buddhism there is a tradition of offering the teachings freely. Dana is an anonymous, voluntary offering, and there will be an opportunity for donations to the teacher. Please consider what these teachings and this practice are worth to you. Additional information about dana will be available during the retreat.

Housing in Bellingham: Red Cedar Zen does our best to provide housing for out of town retreatants at our Bellingham events. If you indicated you need housing in Bellingham in your registration you will be hearing from us soon. If you can provide housing in Bellingham please let us know if you have not already. If your needs change please let us know. 

Meals: A simple vegetarian lunch will be provided both days of this retreat. Contact us if you have any food allergies we do not know about.

Study: Notebooks are appropriate for our Zen Studies retreats. Photocopies of the text being studied (Genjo Koan) will be provided. The translation of Genjo Koan that Tim will be working from is pasted in at the end of this letter. You might also enjoy comparing 8 different translations of this important poetic text at this website:
http://www.thezensite.com/ZenTeachings/Dogen_Teachings/GenjoKoan8.htm


Parking and directions:
Red Cedar Dharma Hall is located at 1021 N. Forest Street, just south of Forest and Maple Streets in downtown Bellingham. Full directions are on our website at http://www.redcedarzen.org/places.html. Park on the street in the surrounding area if possible. Saturdays are Farmer's Market day, so if you are arriving later in the day you should allow some time for parking.

Contact Info Contact the registrar at registrar@redcedarzen.org or call the Dharma Hall's phone at 360-312-7088 and the registrar will receive your voice mail. During the retreat the Dharma Hall phone is the best contact. A secondary number for emergencies is Tim Burnett's cell phone at 360-223-0687.

Gassho. We look forward to practicing and studying with you.


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