Meditation Workshop with Ven. Konin Cardenas

  • 01 Jun 2018
  • 02 Jun 2018
  • 2 sessions
  • 01 Jun 2018, 6:45 PM 8:15 PM (EDT)
  • 02 Jun 2018, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • Red Clay Sanga
  • 2


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Discovering the Dynamic Knowing of the Moment

Meditation Workshop with Ven. Konin Cardenas

Friday June 1 - Saturday June 2, 2018

Zen practice is based on the teaching that each moment contains everything that we need to know to be wise and compassionate beings. Yet this teaching did not originate with Zen. It stretches all the way back to the historical Buddha, to the Theravada and the earliest of Buddhist practices.

In this workshop, we will explore together ways to practice right in the midst of a full, contemporary life and discover a knowing that illuminates body and mind, all five aggregates of experience. Participants will experience a variety of meditation forms, teaching talks, and will have the opportunity for personal practice encounters with the Teacher. This workshop is suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.

Venerable Konin serves as the Guiding Teacher of Ekan Zen Study Center, and she is a resident nun at Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery. She took up Zen in 1987, and was ordained a Zen priest in 2007. Konin is a Dharma Heir in the Shunryu Suzuki lineage. In May 2018, she will also be ordained into the Theravada Forest Tradition of the West. In addition to English, Konin teaches the Dharma in Spanish, an expression of her Latin heritage. She is trained as an inter-faith chaplain, and has provided spiritual care in both hospital and hospice settings. Konin earned an MBA, and worked in finance for many years before becoming a full-time practitioner. She greatly enjoys mothering her 27 year-old daughter and sewing.

We will begin Friday with an orientation to practice. If you are new to meditation practice and find the sitting periods too difficult, you are welcome to quietly take a break. Scheduled breaks are short due to the limited space; if you need extra time please take it when you need it. 

Please maintain silence. 

Please do not wear fragrances. 

This retreat will be held at our main locaton in Chamblee. more...

We have plenty of floor cushions and chairs. OR, if you prefer your own you may bring a cushion or chair. 

Vegetarian lunch will be provided with any grains or dairy on the side.

There is no charge to attend the retreat. Dana for the teacher is customary.         


Friday, June 1, 2018
6:45 pm - 7:00 pm ~ Arrivals and introductions
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm ~ Orientation to the workshop
7:30 pm - 8:15 pm ~ Posture instruction and silent sitting meditation

Saturday, June 2, 2018
9:00 am - 9:15 am ~ Arrival and seating
9:15 am - 10:15 am ~ Guided sitting meditation with one interval at 9:45 am **
10:15 am - 10:45 am ~ Walking meditation
10:45 am - 11:45 am ~ Silent sitting meditation with one interval at 11:15 am **
11:45 am - 1:00 pm ~ Lunch and break time
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm ~ Teaching talk
1:45 pm - 2:15 pm ~ Stretching or walking meditation
2:15 pm - 3:45 pm ~ Silent sitting meditation with two intervals at 2:45 pm and 3:15 pm ** Meetings with the Teacher, upon request.
3:45 pm - 4:15 pm ~ Walking meditation
4:15 pm - 4:50 pm ~ Silent sitting meditation
4:50 pm - 5:00 pm ~ Dedication

** When there is an interval during the period of sitting, it means a small bell will be rung during the sit, and there will be five minutes for participants to choose whether to continue sitting meditation or go outside for walking meditation. In the case where there are two intervals, participants who have gotten up have the option to return to sitting at the second interval, or continue walking. 

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