Daylong Retreat: The Three Tenets of Zen Peacemaking with Jokai Blackwell
May 15, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Three Tenets: Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness and Taking Action serve as a catalyst for transformative engagement in the world.
The Three Tenets of Zen Peacemaking were originally developed and taught by Roshi Bernie Glassman, a Dharma successor of Maezumi Roshi and pioneer of engaged Buddhism.
At Yokoji Zen Mountain Center, we focus on the Three Tenets during our monthly Day of Reflection. The Three Tenets: Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness and Taking Action serve as a catalyst for transformative engagement in the world. The Three Tenets support our ability to clearly see, work with, and respond to complex and deeply triggering concerns and issues. Through the practice of meditation, we come face to face with Not-Knowing, realizing the limitations of our fixed ideas and concepts. Out of this place of open encounter with life, our capacity to Bear Witness to the pain of the world emerges. As we hear the cries and sorrow of a land in tumult, we naturally Take Action to respond to the suffering we see and feel all around us.
This day long retreat will include ample time for meditation and periods of restful silence as well as dharma talks and discussions focused on Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness and Taking Action.
Cost: The sliding scale registration fee for this event is $45 with sliding scale.
A portion of this fee is shared with the teacher, however this does not mean the costs of the event or teachings are fully covered. Dana (voluntary donations) may be offered on the day of the event, and we encourage you to offer as much support of generosity as you are able. Please know that our policy is that no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. When people are able to extend as much generosity as possible, financial accessibility to our events comes with greater ease for the whole community.
Jokai relocated to Southern California from the UK in 2000 to study with Charles Tenshin Fletcher Roshi at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center. After completing formal study, encompassing over a decade of residential training and service, he received Dharma Transmission (full authorization to teach) in the White Plum Lineage of Zen Buddhism. Jokai emphasizes the direct experience of awakening using contemporary language and time-honored methods.
9.00am – Welcome and Introductions
9.10am – Opening Meditation
9.30am – Dharma Talk: Not Knowing
10.00am – Just Sitting Meditation
10.30am – Tea Break (maintain silence)
11.00am – Dharma Talk: Bearing Witness, followed by Questions and Comments
11.40pm – Meditation
12.00pm – Lunch Break (maintain silence)
1.00pm – Meditation
1.20pm – Dharma Talk: Taking Action, followed by Questions and Comments
2.00pm – Meditation
2.20pm – Reflections and Sharing on the Three Tenets
3:00pm – Closing