An invitation to deepen your practice and discover your true nature.
Please join us for this special Chan retreat conducted by Guo Gu of the Tallahassee Chan Center.
This intensive retreat will provide an opportunity to deepen your Chan practice. It will consist of 30-minute sitting meditation periods punctuated by mindful yoga and walking meditation. Guo Gu will conduct daily Dharma talks and there will be the possibility for private interviews. The retreat will be mainly held in English, Guo Gu may translate into Chinese as needed.
This retreat attempts to accommodate all levels of Chan practitioners and is split into segments. You may customize your attendance to accommodate your needs by registering for the 2-day weekend retreat, the 4-day intensive retreat, or by attending scheduled evening meditation and Dharma lectures. Guo Gu is generously offering his time to accommodate the schedules of all practitioners wanting to participate.
About the Instructor
Guo Gu first learned meditation at the age of four under the guidance of Chinese meditation master and ascetic Master Guangqin (1892–1986). In 1980, Guo Gu began studying meditation under the guidance of Chan Master Sheng Yen (1931–2009). He was ordained a Buddhist monk after completing college in 1991 and became Master Sheng Yen’s first personal attendant. Guo Gu assisted Master Sheng Yen by leading Buddhist activities at the Chan Meditation Center in New York City, Dharma Drum Retreat Center in Pine Bush, NY, and DDM University in Taiwan as well as throughout other parts of Asia and Europe.
In 1995, Master Sheng Yen granted Guo Gu permission by to teach Chan Buddhism independently. Guo Gu’s wisdom, understanding, and experience of Chan was affirmed by not only Master Sheng Yen but also by Rinzai Zen Master Noritake Shunan Roshi of the Myoshin-ji Zen lineage. He has led numerous intensive Chan retreats in both Silent Illumination and Huatou methods.
In 2000, Guo Gu left monasticism and re-entered the lay community. He received his Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Princeton University in 2008 and currently is an assistant professor at Florida State University where he teaches Buddhism and East Asian religions.
In 2009, Guo Gu founded the Tallahassee Chan Center, which is affiliated with DDM. He is the guiding instructor for the western Dharma teachers training at the Chan Meditation Center in New York City and for the Dharma Drum lineage. He is author of Passing Through the Gateless Barrier: Koan Practice for Real Life and The Essence of Chan: A Practical Guide to Life and Practice according to the Teachings of Bodhidharma.
1-Day: retreat, $50
2-Day: weekend retreat, $100 (vegetarian lunch and dinner provided both days)
4-Day: Saturday–Tuesday$200 (vegetarian lunch and dinner provided four days)
Evening Dharma Talks: $20 suggested donation (no meals)
All are welcome to attend even if unable to donate.
Saturday check-in time is 7:30 to 8:25 a.m.; the retreat begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. on June 29th and ends promptly at 5:30 p.m. on July 2, 2019.
Please note: This is not an overnight retreat. The DDM Meditation Center/Chan Hall does not provide overnight lodging. You are responsible for arranging your own lodging. (Click on these links for airbn’b or nearby hotels in Wheeling, Illinois. The Hawthorn suites are almost walking distance). Volunteers will be available to transport retreat registrants to and from hotels to the DDM Meditation Center/Chan Hall.
Space is limited to 30 attendees.
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