Fall 2018 Non-Residential Retreat (October 19-21, 2018)
Oct
19
to Oct 21

Fall 2018 Non-Residential Retreat (October 19-21, 2018)

  • FCJ Retreat and Conference Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Calgary Soto Zen will be hosting a non-residential weekend retreat with Myoshin Kate McCandless and Shinmon Michael Newton, ordained Soto Zen teachers from the Mountain Rain sangha in Vancouver, BC. The retreat is open to practitioners of all experience levels. The retreat schedule includes Zazen-sitting meditation, Kinhin-walking meditation and services.  There will also be dharma talks and a one-on-one practice discussion, Dokusan, with each teacher.

    The retreat will take place at the FCJ Retreat and Conference Centre at 219-19 Avenue SW, Calgary (Google Maps).

    Retreat schedule: 

    • Friday: 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. (orientation begins at 6:00 P.M.)
    • Saturday: 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.
    • Sunday: 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

    A vegetarian dinner will be provided Saturday evening. All other meals are the participant’s own responsibility.
     

    Registration and Cost:

    • $160 CA plus Dana (monetary gift) for the teachers.

    • A reduced fee may be paid by those on limited income.

    • Donations to support participants of limited means to be able to take part in the retreat, are welcome.

    • Register for the retreat by clicking on the "Register Now!" button at the bottom of this page. Online payments are processed through Stripe.

    • Registration is also possible in-person at the CSZ zendo (1909-17th Avenue SW) during practice hours. In-person payments can be made by cheque or in cash.

    Register now!

    Note:

    • This is a non-residential retreat. You are responsible for making your own arrangements if you require overnight accommodations.
    • Contact the registrar at cszregistrar@gmail.com with any questions or concerns
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    April 2018 Retreat (20-22)
    Apr
    20
    to Apr 22

    April 2018 Retreat (20-22)

    Who:  Shinmon Michael Newton of Mountain Rain Zen Community and Shuso Baizan Tim Sampson of Calgary Soto Zen.

    Theme: Zazen-Sitting Meditation

    When: Friday April 20 to Sunday April 22, 2018

    Schedule:

    Friday - 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
    Saturday - 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.
    Sunday - 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

    Where: FCJ Retreat and Conference Centre 219-19 Ave SW, Calgary

    Cost: Recommended fee of $120.00, not including a donation for the teacher at retreat.

    Reduced fee may be paid by  those on limited income. Nobody will be turned away.

    For further information contact cszregistrar@gmail.com

    Register online, at the 17 Avenue Zendo or through the registrar

    The retreat is open to beginners and experienced practitioners. It will include zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), dharma talks and Dokusan (individual meetings with the teacher).

    Lunch will not be provided on Saturday and Sunday (please bring your own bag lunch) but a vegetarian meal will be offered at dinner on Saturday.

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    March 2018 Retreat (9-11)
    Mar
    9
    to Mar 11

    March 2018 Retreat (9-11)

    Who: Myoshin Kae McCandless of Mountain Rain Zen Community and Shuso Baizan Tim Sampson of Calgary Soto Zen

    Theme: Zazen-Sitting Meditation

    When: Friday March 9 to Sunday March 11, 2018

    Where: FCJ Retreat and Conference Centre 219-19 Ave SW, Calgary

    Cost: Recommended fee of $120.00, not including a donation for the teacher at retreat.

    Reduced fee may be paid by  those on limited income. Nobody will be turned away.

    For further information contact cszregistrar@gmail.com

    Register online, at the 17 Avenue Zendo or through the registrar

    The retreat is open to beginners and experienced practitioners. It will include zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), dharma talks and Dokusan (individual meetings with the teacher).

    Lunch will not be provided on Saturday and Sunday (please bring your own bag lunch) but a vegetarian meal will be offered at dinner on Saturday.

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    2018 Practice Period - Registration is open!
    Mar
    9
    to Apr 22

    2018 Practice Period - Registration is open!

    Calgary Soto Zen is offering the sangha’s first practice period this spring:

    March 9- April 22, 2018

    A Practice Period is an intensified time of practice; a tradition that began in the Buddha’s lifetime. During the rainy season monks would seize their solitary wandering and gather together for this intensive period of meditation and study.

     This tradition continued into Zen monastic practices in Japan and has made its way into the schedule at Calgary Soto Zen.

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    Intro to Zen Workshop - December 2, 2017
    Dec
    2
    10:00 AM10:00

    Intro to Zen Workshop - December 2, 2017

    What is Zen? What is Buddhism? How do you meditate?


    On the morning of Saturday, December 2nd, join Baizan Tim Sampson, an ordained Soto Zen Priest, in a two part session starting with the history, teachings, and  founders of Zen and Buddhism followed by instruction in the practices of sitting meditation (zazen), walking meditation, and chanting.

    Total beginners and people looking to deepen their own meditation or Buddhist practice are welcome to join us.

    Where: 1909 17th Ave. SW, Calgary, Alberta

    When:  Saturday, Dec. 2 - 10am to 11:30am

    A suggested donation of $20 is requested, though nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

     

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    Half-Day Sitting, February 25, 2017
    Feb
    25
    8:00 AM08:00

    Half-Day Sitting, February 25, 2017

    Where:  New Zendo, 1909 17th Ave. SW.

    When:  Saturday, February 25, 8am to 12 noon

    What: five 30 minute periods of zazen, walking meditation, a brief service, a tea and snack break

    Cost:  20$

    Please arrive by 7:45 AM to get organized and be ready for orientation at 8:05 AM.

    There is ample free street parking (The small parking lot on the property is all reserved for other tenants of the building who pay for the spots).

    The entrance is on the west side of the building.

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    GoFundMe Fundraiser - New Zendo
    Feb
    7
    to Mar 31

    GoFundMe Fundraiser - New Zendo

    Hello all:

    Our new zendo is an exciting development for Calgary Soto Zen.  I am looking forward to getting back to Zazen every weekday morning with fellow practitioners and our evening sits and discussions over tea.

    I hope everyone will feel welcome in the new space and will find it a supportive place to practice.

    This adventure of ours includes a new financial step and commitment.  We have signed a one year lease on a beautifully renovated suite in a charming old house converted to office spaces.  Renting this space will add almost $6000 to our budget for the next year and we will be fully relying on the practice of "dana" (generosity) from practitioners and supporters to cover it.

    To help that process along, we have created a "gofundme" site with the hope of covering these costs.

    I would like to invite you to visit the website and if you can, to donate.

    Also, it would be helpful if you would share the link with others.

    https://www.gofundme.com/calgarysotozen

    Deep Bows and Gratitude, 

    Baizan Tim Sampson
    Practice Leader

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