Sit As A Mountain Sesshin with Michael Mugaku Zimmerman Roshi Torrey Zendo in Torrey, Utah Sit As A Mountain is Michael Mugaku Zimmerman Roshi's annual
Sit As A Mountain Sesshin
with Michael Mugaku Zimmerman Roshi
Torrey Zendo in Torrey, Utah
Sit As A Mountain is Michael Mugaku Zimmerman Roshi’s annual meditation retreat in Torrey, set in the midst of the red rock canyons and alpine forests of Southern Utah. This sesshin emphasizes the formal practice of zazen and silence, in the beautiful Torrey Zendo and a supportive natural environment
All who have completed at least one Day of Zen or other meditation retreat are welcome. New practitioners and experienced meditators alike will benefit from the opportunity for intense practice with a transmitted Zen teacher. Please CONTACT US about registration if this would be your first meditation retreat.
The 8-Day Sesshin offers:
• A strong schedule of sitting and walking meditation in the zendo and in nature.
• Daily dharma talks with Michael Mugaku Zimmerman Roshi.
• Personal interviews with the teacher (Dokusan).
• Outings in the stunning natural beauty of the Torrey landscape and Capitol Reef National Park.
• Wholesome, delicious meals, always with a vegetarian options.
The entry date for Sit As A Mountain Sesshin is Sunday, September 19.
Your registration is a commitment to stay through the close on Sunday, September 26.
SIT AS A MOUNTAIN SESSHIN REGISTRATION
IS OPEN UNTIL SEPTEMBER 12, 2020
Registration includes meals. Lodging is not provided.
RESERVE YOUR SPACE TODAY
WITH A $250 DEPOSIT
A limited number of partial work-trade scholarships are available for Two Arrows Zen members with at least three months membership history. Work-trade is a partial tuition remission given for offering service to the community in exchange for extra work assignments. Work-trade includes early arrival on Saturday, September 19 to assist with preparations and extra work shifts during the retreat. Full-time students and those under 30 are given priority for work-trade. CONTACT US to apply for a work-trade agreement.
Making Travel Plans
Torrey is 215 miles from Salt Lake City which is the nearest airport. Plan for 4 hours of travel time from SLC to Torrey. Everyone is responsible for their own transportation which means you may need a car to get to Torrey. We use the Carpool App to assist with coordinating ride shares, but you need to make your own plans. Please plan your travel to arrive in Torrey no later than 4:00 pm on Sunday.
Participant check-in begins at 4:00 pm. The retreat officially opens with dinner on Sunday at 6:00 pm.
Monks and participants with work-trade agreements will receive a separate email with the schedule for retreat preparations.
See below for the retreat schedule on opening day and through the week.
Please plan your travel to depart after 12:00 pm on Sunday.
CAMPING, CABINS & MOTELS
Camping on Zendo property is reserved for monks.
Sand Creek RV & Camp is a five-minute walk from the Zendo.
There are many motels and cabin rentals in and near Torrey. For current listings consult Trip Advisor or similar sites.
VRBO and AirBnB also have many listings: Search Wayne County, UT for the best selection.
Lodgings closest to the zendo, within a five-minute walk, are:
- Sand Creek RV & Camp (cabins too)
- Torrey Trading Post Cabins
- Motel Torrey
- Austin’s Chuck Wagon Motel
You will enjoy three healthy and nutritious meals a day during the retreat. Main courses are vegetarian-based with other protein options available.
Special Diet Requests
Everyone is served the same meal. If you have medically necessary dietary restrictions, such as strictly gluten-free or lactose-free, we ask that you bring your own food to supplement. We will have gluten-free cereals available at breakfast and a limited supply of other gluten-free items at other meals.
A medically diagnosed allergy to seafood or nuts requires that you inform us, and maintain your own rescue medication, such as an epi-pen.
Refrigeration space is very limited and is not available for retreatant use, so please bring a cooler for your own items, including medications. The nearest full-service grocery is 18 miles from Torrey; there is a general merchandise convenience store just down the street.
Two Arrows Zen Scholarship Fund
One of the commitments of our practice is that everyone with a sincere desire and the ability to practice is welcome, and that we practice in order to grow in generously receiving and generously giving.
Please consider making a donation in any amount when you register to help support our scholarship practitioners attending Sesshin. All contributions will be applied directly to support participation by young practitioners, and to encourage diversity in our community of practice.
WEATHER AND LOGISTICS
Fall is beautiful in Torrey. We will enjoy cooling days, bright skies, and star-spangled nights. However, the day/night temperature swings in the high desert can be extreme. Always expect the possibility of rain and/or wind. Bring a water bottle, brimmed hat, good closed-toe hiking shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen, and clothing you can layer. You will get a complete gear list with your orientation letter.
Daytime outings may include drives of up to a half-hour to the destination. Hikes are generally short and on moderate terrain. A hiking stick to navigate uneven ground may be helpful.
Opening Day Schedule: Sunday, September 19
Monks, Staff and work-trade participants will receive a separate pre-retreat prep schedule.
4 – 6 pm Check-in (all retreatants)
6:00 pm Dinner & Orientation
7:15 pm Zazen
8:30 pm Close
Typical Daily Schedule (M-F)
Subject to change
9:00 Community Meeting
9:15 Work Period / Samu
10:30 Personal Time
11:00 Zazen & Dharma Talk
*Afternoon outings will be scheduled based on weather.
19 (Sunday) 4:00 pm - 26 (Sunday) 12:00 pm
October 9, 2021 7:30 am - 2:00 pm Artspace Zendo & Online via Zoom 230 South 500 West, Suite 155, SLC Proof of completed Covid vaccination is required for all in-person
October 9, 2021
7:30 am – 2:00 pm
Artspace Zendo & Online via Zoom
230 South 500 West, Suite 155, SLC
Proof of completed Covid vaccination is required for all in-person events at Two Arrows Zen.
CONTACT US FOR INFORMATION ABOUT HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR PROOF OF VACCINATION IN ADVANCE
For beginners, a Day of Zen with Michael Mugaku Zimmerman is an opportunity to learn about meditation in a supportive atmosphere. For people familiar with sitting meditation (zazen), a Day of Zen will provide a space for deepening that practice. Meditation practice sitting in a chair is entirely acceptable. You will receive posture and breath instruction — the essence of Zen practice. Participants will:
- Engage in sitting and walking meditation.
- Listen to a Dharma talk and receive meditation instruction.
- Have the opportunity for an individual interview with the teacher (dokusan).
- Enjoy a healthy and delicious lunch we provide, with a vegetarian option.
You may attend the Day of Zen at Artspace Zendo
if you have completed your Covid vaccination on or before September 17, 2021.
Pre-registration is required for both the in-person and online Day of Zen.
Registration is open until noon on Friday, October 8.
$25 TAZ BC Members
$40, other TAZ members
$50 General Admission
$20 Students & Limited Income
During the Day of Zen program, you may park in visitor spaces (40-59) at the front of the building or in the Macaroni Flats parking lot to the south. Towing/booting is strictly enforced at all times for reserved resident parking in the south lot and in the back of the building. Please pay attention to the signs to identify reserved spaces. Check-in with a greeter to be sure you park in an available space. There is also on-street parking on side streets.
Click HERE for a map view.
Please arrive by 7:30 am
|7:30 – 7:45 am||Coffee, tea|
|7:45 – 8:00 am||Orientation|
|8:00 am -1:00 pm||Program|
|1:00 pm||Lunch and Sangha Social|
(Saturday) 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
Developing Emotional Maturity Online Course With Diane Musho Hamilton Tuesdays, October 12 – November 16, 2021 4:00 – 5:30 pm MT via Zoom The emotional domain is the gateway to the heart. To become
Developing Emotional Maturity Online Course
With Diane Musho Hamilton
Tuesdays, October 12 – November 16, 2021
4:00 – 5:30 pm MT via Zoom
The emotional domain is the gateway to the heart. To become a wholehearted human being, someone who is able to include the pain and difficulty of our lives, we must develop the emotional line. We called this kind of development emotional maturity or emotional literacy. It involves a willingness to feel, to become awake to our emotional states, and at the same time, a complete willingness to let feeling subside or go, without holding onto it when it no longer serves. Some of the skills that we will cover in the course are:
- Identifying feelings and naming them.
- Feeling the precise texture in the body.
- Receiving the intelligence and energy of the emotion.
- Learning to relinquish emotions and our attachment to them.
- Communicating about our emotional states.
In this six-week online course you will learn how to:
- Go beyond the tendency to suppress or deny feelings.
- Identify the wisdom in any emotion.
- Become comfortable entering challenging emotional terrain.
- Develop emotional fluency with six primary emotions: Fear, Anger, Grief, Confusion, Longing, Jealousy.
- Use the 5-step practice for metabolizing an emotion.
- Unpack complex emotions and work with contradictory feelings.
- Increase your emotional range of motion.
- Overcome the tendency to cling to emotional experiences.
- Develop the courage to communicate feelings in beneficial ways.
(Tuesday) 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Zoom Conference Platform