To study the way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things.
As Dogen so beautifully illustrates, our practice begins with discerning how suffering works generally, how the process of suffering operates on us specifically, and, as our awareness grows of how suffering happens, to make the choice for something other than ego and suffering.
For the last two years, the yearlong retreat, Making a Change for Good, has supported us in looking at what causes us to suffer. We are now highly trained in our ability to dissect the process of suffering; the subsequent expansion of awareness from the depth of that practice has been truly transformative. This year, we will train to apply the insights gained through identifying the causes of suffering to the process of ending suffering. For that, to paraphrase Ramana Maharshi, all that is required is that we stop believing that what is not true is true.
The theme of the 2021 yearlong retreat is Being the Change: Step by Step.
The annual kick-off on January 10 will introduce the focus for Practice in 2021 and lay the framework for the yearlong retreat.
An in-depth exploration of the 2021 focus will follow the January 10 workshop. In email interactions with Cheri you will be guided in a process of discernment as to how you will apply the focus to your life. Everyone in this email class will have an opportunity to submit their insights and questions. Unlike other email classes, Cheri will address submissions collectively rather than individually. This portion of the yearlong is Jan. 15-Feb. 6.
The next phase of the yearlong is a two-week virtual retreat from Feb. 15-Feb. 28 which will involve daily assignments and two Sunday workshops on Feb. 21 and Feb. 28.
Then, on March 8, we’ll begin our now familiar structure of daily assignments and weekday call-in radio programs.
Cost: The cost of the yearlong—the email class, two-week February retreat, and 10 months of daily practice—is $600. You are welcome to pay up front or take advantage of the quarterly payment plan of $150 per quarter.
Here’s to another fabulous year of practice.