Seven-Day Retreat with Wayne Coger and Susan Schepp
February 16 - February 23
Susan and Wayne will both give talks and be available to meet with others individually and in groups.
Wayne Coger has led retreats since 2001. He worked with Toni Packer for more than 30 years, and has been a staff member of the Center since 1983, currently serving as administrator. Previously, he studied at the Rochester Zen Center. In an interview in Cypress Trees in the Garden, the Second Generation of Zen Teaching by Richard McDaniel, he said:
. . . there’s . . . a sense that people find strength in working together. . . . The coming together of people in a retreat to sit together, to dialogue together and to question—one on one with the person giving the talks or with each other—facilitates this inquiry. The quiet presence of each other deepens and strengthens the energy of the sitting as well. Even if, in the sitting, something comes up that’s disturbing, we may see that it’s ok, that it’s good that the disturbing stuff is exposed. And there is this possibility of working with each other, seeing what comes up, what kind of clashes may occur, even in a retreat environment. . . . It’s a chance to see our reactions and our interactions, as they play out, in a silent community, in communion with each other as well as in . . . a personal quest.
Susan Schepp has a deep commitment to meditative work and has been involved in the Center since its inception. She has a small collection of poems she’s written at the Center, including one she read during a talk last June:
Ripples upon ripples
stretch across the pond
The golden glistening stems of cattails
bend graciously in the wind
paying homage to the day.
Leaves released from their trees
gently float across the sky.
is there really such a thing as inside and out?