February Long Sit

The long sit for the month of February will be held on Sunday, February 21 from 10am – 3pm.  Due to retreat in progress at the Gainesville Retreat Center, the long sit will not be held at the GRC.  Please call 803-260-7077 or email gateless.gate.zen.center@gmail.com for alternate directions to the long sit. Newcomers and beginners are always welcome to arrive early for a brief introduction to Zen meditation and practice.  And please feel free to come and go as needed.  
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November 2015 Retreat with Ken Kessel, JDPSN and Carlos Montero, JDPSN

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New Year’s Eve Midnight Long Sit

December 31st at 7pm – January 1 at 12:15am

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We will have a special evening long sit through midnight this upcoming New Year’s Eve. While the final format will be posted very soon, the event will tentatively consist of:
 
– Opening with Special and Regular Chanting
– 25-minute meditation periods interspersed with 10 minutes of walking meditation
– Chanting of the Great Dharani beginning just before midnight and continuing into 2016
– Closing
 
There will be tea, snacks, and refreshments in the common area, and you’re welcome to sit for as many or as few meditation periods as you’d like.
 
Donations of $5 – $10 to either the Gateless Gate Zen Center or the Gainesville Retreat Center would be greatly appreciated, but please feel welcome to attend even if unable to do so.
 
Email gateless.gate.zen.center@gmail.com, or call 803-260-7077 if you have any questions at all.
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Orlando Zen Center YMJJ November 5th-8th

Orlando Zen Center The Orlando Zen Center will be hosting a YMJJ, 3-day retreat, November 5th – 8th.  The retreat will take place at the Gainesville Retreat Center.  For more information, and to register, please see the link below.

Orlando Zen Center YMJJ

   
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Long Sit Sunday – October 4th

    Dharma Room We will be having a long sit on Sunday, October 4th (as we do the first Sunday of every month) and anyone if welcome to attend… and bring cake!  The long sit schedule is located on the website, and a potluck lunch is served in the middle of the event.  Last long sit we had an amazing amount and variety of food, and the chance to relax and chit chat outside of practice is priceless.  Hope to see you there. Oh and the money thing… if you it doesn’t not cause you any suffering at all, a donation of $5 – $10 would be extremely helpful to contribute to the cost of hosting the event at the GRC.  Thanks so much.
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Mon Evening Practice 6:45pm – 8:15 pm

It seems that many may have benefitted from delaying the start of practice by 15 minutes, and we hope that it has not made it harder for some to attend practice.  Since practice will end at 8:15pm, rather than 8:00pm, we will make sure that we are consistent with the schedule so that everyone can get home to their loved ones, or their beds, and not be out too late.  If you would like a ride to the center, please contact us and let us know so that we can arrange it.  Thanks you.
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Volunteer Work Periods at the GRC

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In order to help maintain and assist with the upkeep of the Gainesville Retreat Center, which has become our new home, we are looking to begin bi-weekly or monthly work periods.  Each work period would be approximately 3 – 4 hours long with a potluck lunch break in the middle. Work would include sweeping, weeding, light yard work, and inside chores.  What we do off of the cushion is just as, if not more, important than what we do on the cushion.  Please email gateless.gate.zen.center@gmail.com or call/text 803-260-7077 if you would like to participate.  Thanks.

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Practice Time Change

Practice Time Change

In order to help those who may have had trouble making it to the Gainesville Retreat Center by 6:30pm, due to the slightly increased travel time, we will begin and end practice 15 minutes later than usual.  If you need transportation to the center, please call/text 352-346-2581, or 803-260-7077.  Thanks.

 

 

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Half-Day Retreat with Ken Kessel, JDPSN

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Thanks to everyone who attended the half-day retreat with us last Thursday.  Practicing together as we did helps lend support to each individual’s own practice, allowing us to accomplish things we may not be able to do on our own.  We sincerely hope to see many of you again soon.

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GRC Holding Practice on Monday, July 27th

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While our traditional practice is cancelled on Monday, July 27th, the Gainesville Retreat Center will be hosting practice during our usual time and place for any who would like to attend.

If you’re new to Zen meditation and would like a brief introduction, please arrive around 6pm. Practice will begin at 6:30 pm as usual.

Those at the GRC have experience with the Sanbo Kyodan Zen tradition, and this would be a great opportunity to experience another lineage.

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