Course opens September 2, 2024.

Biweekly on Wednesdays, 9/2 – 11/27

This training program offers a way to more deeply explore the 5 Practice Mirrors (also called the 5 Training Elements) found in our sutra book and Mondo Zen Manual. These mirrors are: Sacred Stewardship, Philosophical Reorientation, Emotional Koan, Conscious Embodiment, and 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.

We will begin the course by watching introductory videos from Hollow Bones roshis about each of the training elements and use this as a foundation for further conversation.

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.

There will be live group calls, including two calls with roshis in attendance for live dokusan, and weekly small group calls to further support one another in our 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!

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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 liaoran@hollowboneszen.org 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.