Five Practice Mirrors – 2024

Course opens September 8, 2024.

Biweekly meetings on Sundays from 1:00-2:30 PM US Eastern Time with weekly practice assignments, and opportunity for daisan throughout. This program offers a deeper exploration of the 5 Practice Mirrors (or Training Elements) found in our sutra book and Mondo Zen Manual.

The five sacred mirrors are:
Sacred Stewardship
Philosophical Reorientation
Emotional Koan
Conscious Embodiment
Genuine Insight

This is an opportunity for powerful transformation of our embodiment in the world, allowing us to examine how our behavior in each aspect of daily life holds up a clear mirror for our spiritual practice. As form is emptiness and emptiness is form, we will practice each mirror two ways. In the realm of form, we will identify a habit or behavior to modify, watching how it changes our formless interior. In the formless, we will deconstruct unskillful ego-structures and watch what new behaviors come into form.

Each participant will determine what their current personal relationship is with each of the Mirrors, and what they consider a skillful set of changes or improvements they intend to explore. We will share our commitments with one another and discuss how the Mirrors can be a crucial foundation for our ongoing spiritual practice.

Whether this is your first time formally engaging with the Mirrors, or you’re someone who has benefited from this course in the past and has wisdom to share with your peers, we invite you to join us in this exploration of practice in everyday life!

This practice period will be led by Umi Dan Rotnem.


About our cost structure: Our prices for trainings and retreats are set to cover the operational costs that allow us to maintain a web presence and offer online options, along with any costs associated with food and lodging for in-person options. Additionally, we build in a small additional overhead to assist with general operations, training development, and staffing. The fees we set are currently far from sufficient to fairly compensate the staff who works to create and offer these trainings, and insufficient to allow standing scholarship pools or subsidized prices.

Roshis, priests, those who have taken jukai, active staff and volunteers, and those who have attended trainings or events within the last year may be eligible for coupon codes that allow a set amount to be taken off some listings, although we typically cannot offer discounts for in-person options. If you meet one of these criteria and do not already have such a code, feel free to reach out to to request one. If you are able to afford participation without using such codes, we appreciate your generosity.

If you require financial assistance beyond what has been mentioned here, please contact us for information about the application process.