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Practice Period @ Upaya in Santa Fe

Instructor(s): Roshi Zoketsu Norman Fischer * Sokaku Kathie Fischer

Practice Period (Ango or "peaceful dwelling") is a traditional intensive training period common to many schools of Buddhism. Ango traces its history to the time of Shakyamuni Buddha and the early sangha. Each year, the community would gather together enabling everyone to deepen their practice and polish their understanding through the indispensable teachings of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.

During a Practice Period, Upaya residents intensify their daily practice by sitting Zazen more frequently, studying in classes, training in the temple, having private interviews with the teachers, engaging in council practice and weekly Zazenkais, and sitting a Sesshin (5-7 full days of intensive meditation retreat) at the end of Practice Period. Guests participate daily in Samu (work practice), physical practice (yoga or walking outdoors) and periods of rest. Mondays and Tuesdays are rest days from 11 am to 5:30 pm.

During the practice period, all practitioners remain on campus. On rest days guests and residents are offered a bag lunch.

The Spring Practice Period is led by Roshi Norman Fischer and Sokaku Kathie Fischer. When you register for the entire Practice Period, it includes the following retreats (which one can also register for individually): 

3/31 - 4/2 STORIES FROM THE BOOK OF SERENITY - Roshi Norman Fischer and Sokaku Kathie Fischer 
4/8 ZAZENKAI DAYLONG - Roshi Norman Fischer and Sokaku Kathie Fischer  
4/14 - 4/21 SESSHIN: Vasubandu's Thirty Verses - Roshi Norman Fischer and Sokaku Kathie Fischer

See Upaya website for guidance re registration and lodging -