1-5 December

Buddhism 3.0 "Clear Sky Meditation"

With Sudhammacara Bhikku


Buddhism 3.0 retreat  -  Clear Sky Meditation  by Ven. Sudhammacara Bhikkhu

​7 December   

Orientation talk, Nov. 30th  7:30 pm

​In t​
his ‘Buddhism 3.0 Retreat’
​, we will introduce "Buddhism 3.0" which is one of the hottest subjects in Japan, to the World audience.  According to Ven. Sudhammacara, it is very useful to use the metaphor of Computer Software Updates: 1.0, 2.0 3.0.
Buddhism 1.0: we are given some teachings like there is a pure land in which Amitaba Buddha resides and we are going to be saved by him. But it is impossible to directly know whether this is true or not. We just have to believe it. As a result, we are not free from some doubts.
Buddhism 2.0: there is not any 
a priori assumption. By practicing down to earth  mindfulness, little by little, we will purify our defilements and finally we will be free from samsara when all our defilements are gone. This is very rational. But it is very difficult to practice for such a long time, like being reborn 7 times.
Buddhism 3.0: by investigating the secret of mindfulness, we we will understand who is observing things mindfully, and who we truly are. When we understand our true nature, we will know that pure land is real, Amitaba Buddha really exists and we are already saved.
From this perspective, we practice "Clear Sky Meditation
" compiled by Ven. Sudhammacara. The method consists of three kinds of practice: mindfulness of
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body sensation, compassion meditation and ana-pana sati (mindfulness of in-breath and out-breath).

​By being aware of our subtle body sensation, our thinking mind will drop off and the new dimension of the world will emerge up. I
n this new dimension
​, w​
e also find real compassion and true mindfulness, ​W
e gradually uncover
in ourselves 
Clear Sky
​", which might be expressed in many Buddhist terms, like Buddha nature
. We
 have missed it for a long time because of ​
 our deluded, non-stop thinking. We go back to our true home with peace and joy after traveling abroad painfully so many years.
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In the end, we are finally discovering who we 

 These intensive silent retreats will include regular sessions of sitting and walking meditation, accompanied by Dharma 
 and personal guidance. The retreat
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open to both beginners and experienced meditators.

The retreat will  also include Yoga classes which are led by Rie Itahashi, who has been teaching Yoga in Ven. Sudhammacara's meditation retreats.

Guests and visitors who are not able to attend the whole retreat may attend some sessions, but are requested to maintain silence around the meditation hall and dining area, to support the retreatants.

Teacher: Ven. Sudhammacara

Ven.Sudhammacara was ordained in the Japanese Soto Zen tradition in 1983, under Kosho Uchiyama Roshi lineage. He practiced and taught
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meditation for more than 18 years, including several years spent teaching at Valley Zendo in Massachusetts, USA.

In 2001, he took Theravadan Bhikku ordination in the Burmese forest monk tradition under Pa-Auk Sayadaw, and trained in shamatha (calm abiding) and vipassana (insight) meditation in Burma and Sri Lanka. Since 2006, he has also been exposed to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Now he calls himself One Dharma Buddhist monk, aiming to integrate all the Buddhist traditions.

Ven. Sudhammacara has been a regular visiting teacher at Deer Park, where he offers mindfulness meditation retreats, since autumn 2007. Most of the year, he lives in Kamakura, Japan, where he teaches meditation at his centre Ippo-an (One Dharma Forum). He also leads meditation retreats in several sacred places (Kyoto, Mitake-san and Fukushima) in Japan.

Ven. Sudhammacara  brings experience from the Japanese Zen tradition, the Theravada forest tradition of Burma, and the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Ven.Sudhammacara's vast experience has shown him the pitfalls of commonly practiced meditations. His careful avoidance of Buddhist terms that can easily slip into jargon, makes retreatants rethink or let go of Buddhist conceptualizations (that many often automatically rely on, thinking they already understand the meaning without renewed consideration).