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Winter Retreat 2022 Instructional Talks

by tendo zenji

During the February 2022 Winter Retreat held at Tahoma Zen Monastery there was a series of morning instructional talks, primarily on the Dream Mountain practices. Links to the video of these talks are made available here in order that this instruction be accessible throughout the retreat. The links take you to a page where you can watch the video.

The 2022 edition of the Outside Practices text can be found here: Outside Practices

Day 1: February 14th, 2022

Topics Covered
Introduction to the Winter Retreat
Purpose of the Instructional Talks
Cultivating the Still Pool
Zoom Video Recording

Day 2: February 15th, 2022

Topics Covered
Ten Breath Relaxation Method
Zoom Video Recording

Day 3: February 16th, 2022

Topics Covered
Sesshin practices: Chanting/Samu/Meals
Physical Practice
Outside Practices
Zoom Video Recording

Day 4: February 17th, 2022

Topics Covered
Letting Go
Zoom Video Recording

Day 5: February 18th, 2022

Topics Covered
(Online text of the Mahā Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta)
Zoom Video Recording

Day 6: February 19th, 2022

Topics Covered
Immediacy Followup
Zoom Video Recording

Day 7: February 20th, 2022

Topics Covered
Continuous Practice
Closing Remarks
Zoom Video Recording

Dewdrops on Stinging Nettles

by tendo zenji

The Dream Mountain Way is an approach to practice as fully integrated into every aspect of our lives. There is no separation between formal practice and everyday activities. While this is often the ideal, the Dream Mountain approach utilizes practices with which we can engage in throughout all aspects of our lives, whether walking, sitting, standing or lying down. Openness is cultivated in all of our activities and through questioning we directly probe into what is.

These practices and the essential principles that supports them have been collected into a pocket sized book. The format of this book is important for, as the subtitle notes, it is designed to be a companion for practice, always with us to be pulled out for immediate use. The first edition of this book is now available: Dewdrops on String Nettles.

The topics in this book have been the subject of many of the posts and recorded talks posted here. In these cases they often present references from the tradition, deeper explanations and specific examples. As a resource for those interested in the Dream Mountain Way and for those already engaged with it, this post will collect the posts that correspond with sections of the book. This reference will be updated as relevant posts are added.

On the Dream Mountain Way

Wayseeking Mind: Wayseeking Mind – a personal case study

Empty Awareness: Foundations, Cultivation

Cultivating the Still Pool: Cultivating the Still Pool

Outside Practice: Foundations, Summary

Gazing Practices: Engaging Complexity with Trees, Gazing in the Distance, Gazing at Motion

Questioning: The Practice of Questioning

Naturalness: Moving through the world without obstruction

Solitude: The Practice of Solitude

Pilgrimage: Searching for Solitude