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2018 Bodhi Day Retreat: A Star to Light Our Way

with Rev. Dharmavidya David Brazier, PhD.


Date:   Saturday, December 8, 2018

Place:  Amida Mosaic Home Temple

Time:   10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Cost:    $25 registration, plus a teaching donation. Please practice generosity.


About this Retreat:



Once again we are delighted to welcome Dharmavidya David Brazier from his hermitage in France to our Home Temple to lead the 2018 Bodhi Day Retreat.


This gathering, entitled A Star to Light Our Way, is open to people of all faiths and is intended to provide a reflective atmosphere that will allow us to focus on the meaning of hope in troubling times.  The retreat will include reflections, community discussion, and periods of silent meditation.


The $25 registration fee covers costs, including a box lunch provided by the Black Walnut, coffee, tea, etc. The teaching donation will go directly to Dharmavidya's travel expenses and teaching honorarium. Donations are anonymous.


Please practice generosity. 


To register and receive directions to Amida Home Temple, simply email or call us at 519.672.2754.  Registration is limited. 

The following gatherings are offered during Dharmavidya's visit:


Tuesday, December 4, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m:  Book study, in which Dharmavidya will introduce his most recent book, ”Dark Side of the Mirror.”


This book study is based on Dr. Brazier's researches into the text Genjo Koan written by Eihei Dogen. The workshop will include the presentation of themes from the text and relevant principles of early Chinese chan and Japanese zen, together with related discussion and opportunities for one-to-one interaction with the teacher.


The term Genjo Koan has been rendered in different ways by different authors, but it is certainly clear that Dogen intended to give the term "koan" a different meaning or slant from that which he had learned and employed in his early studies of Rinzai Zen at Kennin-ji under Myozen. He brought an attitude of profound acceptance, coupled with a belief in the possibility of full enlightenment in this very life for those who were completely dedicated to the path. 


When Dogen returned to Japan, he wrote Genjo Koan, in which the principal image is that of the moon lodging within whatever surface is in a condition to receive and reflect it. The experience of satori and its accompanying transformation is described through an analysis and extension of this image. The moon lodges within when body and mind fall away. Sublimation happens when we are no longer attached to our pain. It is not that the pain vanishes, nor that we become immune. Tender sentiments continue to flow and, in fact, appreciation of beauty intensifies.


When we are no longer consciously and deliberately fighting it, the pain itself is reconfigured into the very substance of compassion and sensitivity.


Friday, December 7:  Meeting of Order members


Saturday, December 8, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m:  Bodhi Day Retreat


Dharmavidya is also available throughout the week for private consultation. Please email Prajna if you would like to make an appointment with him (amidamosaic@gmail.com).



About Dharmavidya:


Reverend Dharmavidya David Brazier, PhD., Head of the Order of Amida Buddha and President of the International Zen Therapy Institute, is a Buddhist priest, psychotherapist, authority on Buddhist psychology, and author of over a dozen books on spirituality, social justice, and Buddhism. 

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