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Portland, OR 97220
The Three Robes Sesshin is focused on ‘right effort’ in practice. ‘Right’ effort is different for each of us. The Buddha said that members of the original sangha could wear one, two, or three robes, as they needed. He came to realize that we need both challenge and a degree of physical comfort to move forward in our practice. This insight is the foundation of our retreat.
At the Three Robes Sesshin. the schedule is simple, with fewer bells, allowing for long blocks of unbroken zazen. During those periods, you can sit, stand, walk, or lie down, either in the zendo or outside. Two meals each day will be done oryoki style, and supper will be a silent buffet for those who want it.
This flexibility is part of the challenge of this sesshin. How do we extend ourselves in a way we can sustain? How do we meet our aspiration from within? How do we hold the mind of retreat when the edge of the container is up to us? Together and alone, we will explore the meaning of ‘right effort.’
We will allow drop-ins for the early morning zazen and service and for the evening program, requesting that if you come for the evening, you stay for the whole time.
The teachers for this sesshin are Sallie Jiko Tisdale, Mike Gyoshi Kaplan, Kengan Treiman, with Mark Sosetsu Stauffer assisting. If you have questions, contact the shuso (shuso at dharma-rain.org)