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Heart Work: Cultivating Compassion

  • Mountain Rain Zendo 2016 Wall Street Vancouver, BC, V5L 1J5 Canada (map)
Going beyond the boundary of all things is important. It is wisdom, which is the basis of compassion. Only when we identify ourselves with others can we genuinely act with love toward others.

Dogen Zenji

Just as a bird needs two wings to fly we need to develop two aspects of awakening: wisdom and compassion. Zazen is a key practice to develop wisdom, but how do we cultivate compassion for ourselves and others? In this retreat we will explore bodhicitta, the compassionate heart of awakening, and practices to deepen our compassion and open our hearts.

The retreat will include periods of zazen (sitting meditation), guided compassion practices, kinhin (walking meditation), dharma talks each day, and dokusan, individual meetings with the teacher.

Meals: Please bring a bag lunch on Saturday. The Saturday evening and Sunday noon meals will be provided.

Everyone welcome, whether you are new to Zen practice or experienced.

Shinmon Michael Newton is co-guiding teacher of Mountain Rain Zen Community.

Schedule:   Saturday:  9:00 AM - 9: PM     Sunday  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM                      

Sunday afternoon, 2:00-4:00 will be a jukai (receiving the bodhisattva precepts) ceremony for several sangha members.  Sunday lunch will be open to all.


  • Full-time attendance: $90

  • Half-time attendance: $50 Saturday only $40 Sunday only

  • 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.

Teacher Dana

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


If you have questions or concerns, please contact the registrar at


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