5-Day Silent Retreat
with Linda Clair
Friday through Wednesday
September 12-17, 2014
In 1997, at the age of 39, Linda Clair had a profound awakening during a ten-day retreat in northern New South Wales with Peter Jones. The awakening, which was a strong glimpse of enlightenment, kindled an intense desire for permanent peace, for freedom. In 2004, she traveled to Japan and lived for six weeks in a Zen monastery with Hogen-san's Master, Harada Tangen Roshi, known as Roshi Sama. Linda returned to Australia in a deeply detached, peaceful state. Her search ended during a ten-day retreat with Hogen-san in the mountains behind the Gold Coast in Queensland.
Linda teaches zazen, or awareness of the breath in the abdomen. Her teachings are stripped bare of rituals and most traditions. The technique is basically sitting in silence, and watching the rise and fall of the abdomen as the breath enters and leaves the body. Very simple, very effective, but certainly not always easy. In retreats, her sessions consists of 30 minutes of sitting meditation, 10 minutes of optional slow walking meditation, then another 30 minutes of sitting. Retreats also include open discussion periods and private interviews.
The event is being held in the serene hills and valleys of the Catskills in West Kill, New York. For details,
visit the event website at vastemptiness.com.
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