Five Mountain Zen Order – Sangha Weekend – November 01-04, 2012

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Please join us from Thursday to Sunday, November 01-04, for the Five Mountain Zen Order Sangha Weekend and Retreat, held at the Zen Center of Las Vegas. We do hope to see you here! Please read below for detailed information, a link for registration, and a schedule for the weekend.

In honor of our founding Grand-Teacher, Zen Master Seung Sahn’s love for Sangha Gatherings, we are now instituting semi-annual events where our family can come together, share, learn and most of all connect with others in our wide spread group. Highlights of the weekend include a Full Bhikșu / Bhikṣuni Ordination on Thursday, a Dharma Holder Ceremony on Friday, and College Graduation Commencement and General Precepts Ceremony on Saturday. Additionally, we will have eight open forum events during the weekend covering many diverse topics that are close to all our hearts. This is a chance to share equally with your Dharma Sisters and Brothers. 

Mornings and early Evenings will be dedicated to traditional Zen sitting practice and everyone will have an opportunity for Zen Kong’an Interviews, so we are sure that you will have a well rounded and fulfilling event.



Five Mountain Zen Order National Sangha Weekend
Opening Day —Thursday November 01, 2012
Senior Students will  be arriving on Wednesday and Thursday.
(Please inform Ven. Wonji of your flight schedule so we can make arrangements to have you picked up)
1:30 PM 4:00 PM Bhikșu / Bhikṣuni Ordination
5:00 PM 6:30 PM Dinner and Celebration
7:30 PM 9:20 PM Monastic Session: Being a Monk in the 21st Century
Friday — November 02, 2012
(For those arriving on Friday or later, you will have to find transportation to the Zen Center, the cab fair is cheap.)
5:45 AM Wake–up bell
6:00 AM 8:00 AM Meditation and Interviews with Ven. Hwasahn / Ven. Chong’an
8:00 AM 8:30 AM Informal Breakfast and Five Mountain Unplugged
8:30 AM 9:00 AM Work Period
9:00 AM 9:30 AM Rest / Break Period
9:30 AM 10:45 AM Dharmacircle One: Orthodoxy/Orthopraxy in Western Buddhism
10:45 AM 12:00 PM Dharmacircle Two: Buddhist Studies Institute and Five Mountain Order
12:00 PM 12:40 PM Informal Lunch and Five Mountain Unplugged
12:40 PM 1:30 PM Rest / Break Period
1:30 PM 3:00 PM Zen Dharma Holder – Saboep (嗣法) Ceremony
3:00 PM 4:00 PM Zen Dharma Holder Celebration and Party
4:00 PM 5:30 PM Rest / Break Period
5:30 PM 6:10 PM Informal Dinner and Five Mountain Unplugged
7:00 PM 8:15 PM Meditation and Interviews with Ven. Haeja / Ven. Chongshim
8:15 PM 9:30 PM Dharmacircle Three: Martial Arts and Zen, touchpoints and practice
9:30 PM Time for Sleep
Saturday — November 03, 2012
5:45 AM Wake–up bell
6:00 AM 8:00 AM Meditation and Interviews with Ven. Wanji / Ven. Do’an
8:00 AM 8:30 AM Informal Breakfast and Five Mountain Unplugged
8:30 AM 9:00 AM Work Period
9:00 AM 9:30 AM Rest / Break Period
9:30 AM 10:45 AM Dharmacircle Four: Community Outreach and the Only Love Project
10:45 AM 12:00 PM Dharmacircle Five: Diversity, Community and Politics for the Modern Buddhist
12:00 PM 12:40 PM Informal Lunch and Five Mountain Unplugged
12:40 PM 1:30 PM Rest / Break Period
1:30 PM 3:00 PM Precepts Ceremony and College Graduation Commencement
3:00 PM 4:00 PM Precepts Ceremony and Graduation Celebration and Party
4:00 PM 5:30 PM Rest / Break Period
5:30 PM 6:10 PM Informal Dinner and Five Mountain Unplugged
7:00 PM 8:15 PM Meditation and Interviews with Ven. tba / Ven. Tba
8:15 PM 9:30 PM Dharmacircle Six: Being a Buddhist Cleric and running a Local Sahgha
9:30 PM Time for Sleep
Sunday — November 04, 2012
5:45 AM Wake–up bell
6:00 AM 8:00 AM Meditation and Interviews with Ven. tba / Ven. Tba
8:00 AM 8:30 AM Informal Breakfast and Five Mountain Unplugged
8:30 AM 9:00 AM Work Period
9:00 AM 9:30 AM Rest / Break Period
9:30 AM 10:45 AM Dharmacircle Seven: Who are we in this Christian Society and how can we help?
10:45 AM 12:00 PM Dharmacircle Eight: Free Form Discussion (In Case we missed something)
12:00 PM 12:40 PM Informal Lunch and Clean up of the property prior to leaving

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What to Bring

There are some inflatable mattresses, sleeping pads, as well as plush zabutons and couches suitable to sleep on dormitory style, also there are limited linens and blankets for sleeping so you may want to bring a sleeping bag. If you need privacy you may want to consider staying in a nearby motel, otherwise we always seem to manage. We will provide zafu’s, zabutons, and chairs – however if you need a kneeling bench, special cushions, or a special chair, please bring your own.

We supply toilet paper and hand soap, but you must bring all other toiletry and personal care articles.

Also, please bring:
• a towel and a small flashlight
• your robe if you have one
• training clothes for meditation and work (gi, samue). If you do not own these traditional clothes, just wear loose, comfortable clothing without bright colors
• seasonally appropriate outdoor clothes, including rain gear, for both walking meditation and work

Please do not bring:
• Cameras, tape recorders, MP3 players, CD players. cellular phones, PDAs, laptops, or diaries
• Personal food or beverages; hot pots, thermoses, etc.
• jewelry, perfumes, or any personal care products which are strongly scented


Meals:
Vegetarian meals will be prepared by the retreatants, but the food and the menus for preparation will be supplied by the Zen Center. If you have any special food needs please annotate them on the sign up form when registering for the retreat.


Zen Center of Las Vegas

2461 E Harmon Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89121‎
McCarran International Airport
5757 Wayne Newton, Las Vegas, NV 89119‎ – (702) 261-5150‎
Head southeast on Airport Departures toward Airport Taxi Depart go 0.1 mi total 0.1 mi
Slight left at Wayne Newton Blvd go 0.2 mi total 0.3 mi
Keep left at the fork and merge onto Wayne Newton Blvd About 2 mins go 0.7 mi total 1.0 mi
Continue onto Swenson St About 2 mins go 0.5 mi total 1.5 mi
Turn right at E Tropicana Ave About 3 mins go 1.5 mi total 3.0 mi
Turn left at S Eastern Ave About 2 mins go 0.5 mi total 3.6 mi
Take the 3rd right onto E Harmon Ave
Destination will be on the right go 394 ft About 10 mins total 3.6 mi
2461 E Harmon Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89121‎
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