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Opening Wide Our Hands and Eyes: Dogen’s Teachings on Compassion

  • Mountain Rain Zendo 2016 Wall St Vancouver, BC, V5L 1J5 Canada (map)

A study retreat with Shinmon Michael Newton

Topic:  Dogen Zenji, the founder of Soto Zen in Japan, wrote a short text on Kannon, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, which imparts his understanding of compassion as a path beyond self and other.  This text shows us how cultivating deep compassion is liberating, leading to a profound sense of immediacy and wholeness.  As Dogen teaches, when the great heart of compassion is born in us, we freely open our hands and eyes and respond to the cries of the world.

What is a study retreat? A study retreat is an opportunity to focus on a Zen text intensively—in community, and to apply Dogen’s words to our zazen practice and everyday lives. This retreat will include periods of zazen (sitting meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), two dharma talks each day, small and large group discussion, and reflective writing or art. Please join us!

Saturday-Sunday  9:00-4:30


  • Full-time attendance: $80
  • Half-time attendance: $40
  • For those on a limited income, reduced fees are available. Please complete the Weekend Retreat Reduced Fee Request form (click the link to access the form). No one will turned away for lack of funds. 

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Retreat fees only cover expenses. There will be an opportunity to give a donation/dana to the teacher at the retreat. 


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February 21-22. 2015
Mountain Rain Zendo, 2016 Wall St. Vancouver, BC

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