Blue Heron Kyol Che Commitments
Blue Heron Kyol Che has four areas of commitment:
1. Group Practice
An important aspect of Kyol Che is “coming together” which means practicing regularly together and supporting each other as much as possible throughout this 90-day period. You are encouraged to attend every Tuesday night group practice and retreat unless family or work commitments prevent you from doing so. (Please consult with the Kyol Che Teacher about Group Practice sessions or retreats that you will not be able to attend before Kyol Che begins.)
First Evening of Kyol Che: This will be an orientation session, both for the subject matter of our theme, and also for how Kyol Che will work this year, given our online forum. All are welcome.
Weekly Group Practice: All participants will meet for Group Practice every Tuesday evening from 7 to 9:15 pm. Practice periods will alternate: one week we will hold group practice with dharma dialogues and the other week we will hold workshops related to this year’s theme.
End of Kyol Che: On the last evening of Kyol Che participants, family, friends and the general public are invited to share in celebration of this intensive practice period. A circle talk will give everyone opportunity to reflect on their experience and offer up any recommendations for future Kyol Che’s.
Retreats: Kyol Che students are expected to attend all retreats during Kyol Che unless pre-arranged with the Kyol Che Teacher and stated in your contract.
2. Personal Practice
In the spirit of this retreat period, we encourage you to increase your daily home meditation practice. This can be anywhere from 20 minutes practice daily to whatever you (and your family/partner) can reasonably maintain during this period. (Please consult with the Kyol Che Teacher about what your personal practice will be before Kyol Che begins.)
3. Bodhisattva Action Project
This is a special personal project that is to be designed by the student and can be any community service type of project, either for the Blue Heron community or the wider city/state/world community. We encourage you to use this “work period” aspect of Kyol Che as another point to stretch, to perhaps explore an area of work that might be a little more than you habitually do, or pick something that you’ve been struggling or wanting to take on but lacked the sangha support to do it. Anything is possible! Create artwork for a fundraising event, build something for the Zen Center, take on a Zen Center job, volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, complete that project that your family has been begging you to do for years.
4. Donation and Dana
Other than our usual retreat fees, there is no “fee” for Kyol Che. However, there should be some monetary donation made to both the Blue Heron Zen Community and the teacher. The amount is not so important as the appreciation and intent behind it. Donations and dana can be submitted here on our website.
How to Register for Kyol Che
In order to register for Kyol-che, just submit your Kyol-che Contract form If you have more questions, feel free to email Eric Nord, JDPSN.