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A newcomer is anyone who has never completed a retreat with Shinzen or a Unified Mindfulness coach, including one-day workshops, home practice program or the life program, regardless of their meditation background. All newcomers need to attend the 'Newcomer Session' on the first day.
Occasionally, current students and coaches are permitted to audit the Newcomer Meeting in order to learn how to explain meditation to others by observing.
Technique Instruction Sessions
Technique Instruction sessions are when the teacher gives instructions in meditation techniques. During this time the teacher explain concepts and techniques, leads guided meditation, and answers questions. These are open to any retreatant who has theoretical or practical questions about meditation. There will be one session for experienced students, while another teacher facilitates a session with newcomers. Shinzen Young will be conducting two AMA (Ask Me Anything) sessions during the course of the retreat.
It is important, however, to remember that the purpose of coming to any retreat is to develop a momentum of continuous silent practice. Before coming to a technique instruction session, one should carefully consider if one has a strong need for encouragement and clarification and not use the session as a diversion from practice.
Please join the virtual room on time and leave at the appropriate breaks. Do not just wander in and out of the room.
Support meditation interviews will be provided by Stephanie and Kaishin
Interviews are typically three times a day and are usually scheduled at:
7-8:30 am / 3-4:30 pm / 9-10:30 pm
Interview Sign-Ups with a Teacher
You will be directed to a folder in Google Docs where signup sheets will allow you to choose a day and time. If you don’t have a computer to access the sign up sheets during the retreat, please call the Retreat Manager who will access the sign up sheets while on the telephone with you to choose a day and time.
If you sign up for more than 1 interview, please add a ‘#2, or #3, etc. after your name to indicate how many online sessions you have had. If you have not had an online and all spaces are full, you may delete a name with a higher number after it and add your own name.
How does the Interview Work?
At the designated time you signed up; please join the teacher's Zoom room. Please be ontime. If the previous student is still with the teacher, please leave the room and join again in a couple of minutes.
Coaches are experienced meditators who have been trained by Shinzen to support fellow meditators in their practice. Interviews with coaches may be available during the virtual retreat. If so, sign ups will be via Google Docs and you’ll choose a day/time and CALL the facilitator at your chosen day/time. You are encouraged to sign up for an interview to strengthen your practice, or if you encounter any difficulties or have questions about your meditation practice during the retreat. Value is guaranteed.
It is strongly encouraged that you make an appointment with one of the coaches, especially if you’ve been unable to schedule an interview with Stephanie or Kaishin.
Walking meditation times will be listed on the daily schedule and it’s your choice where you’d like to do walking using a meditation technique (your home, backyard, patio or in your neighborhood). If you leave the zendo ‘room’ to walk instead of sitting, either leave the meeting or turn your video off.
Try to make the meal a meditation from beginning to end. Meditate as you walk to where you’ll prepare your meal, during preparation, and of course while you eat. After the last bite, you may want to sit for a while and savor the delicate after-energies that infuse the body following a satisfying meal. If a guided eating meditation is offered during a virtual retreat, an announcement will be made.
Yoga, Qi Gong or Mindful Movement
Times designated for movement (not walking time) are also considered meditation periods during which you should maintain a formal technique of body awareness using techniques learned in this retreat or others you may have used for movement meditations.
All-night sitting, known as yaza, is often scheduled for the Thursday night of a weeklong retreat. If this is offered in the virtual zendo, details will be announced during the retreat. This is an optional activity, but it does offer extraordinary opportunities to deepen your practice that are not available with daytime meditation.
There is a long rest period following lunch and somewhat shorter ones after breakfast and dinner. Although you may take walks, do exercise, continue formal practice, etc., during these periods, many retreatants find it helpful to take a “siesta” so as to be well rested for the work of meditation.
Join the Friends of TCMC Program
TCMC needs your support! TCMC is a mostly volunteer organization that is funded by the generosity of its member's donations. TCMC needs approximately $2,200 per month to cover our mortgage, building maintenance, utilities, insurance and other operating costs.
The Friends of TCMC Program helps support our new building. These donations will go towards building maintenance, repairs, improvements, mortgage, and any other building related expenses.
Without the Friends program we would not have been able to purchase our new home.
Please consider joining the Friends of TCMC program by making a monthly or annual donation to TCMC at one of the suggested giving levels below:
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1. Drop a check (Payable to TCMC) or cash in the drop box at the center.
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