Blue Heron Zen Community Kyol Che

Overview

In Korea, Kyol Che is a traditional intensive practice that takes place annually during the winter and summer. The name means “tight dharma” or “coming together.” Originally it was undertaken by monks and nuns doing intensive practice in mountain temples. Here, in our busy and complex American Lives, most of us cannot affort either the time or money to participate in this traditional practice model. But in our version of Kyol Che, we take the same principle to heart so that we, too, can intensify practice and help others for a 90-day period within the reality of our own circumstances.

Here, in our busy and complex American lives, most of us cannot afford either the time or money to participate in this traditional practice model. But in our version of Kyol Che, we take the same principle to heart so that we, too, can intensify our practice and help others for a 90-day period within the reality of our own circumstances.

Although we are not living in a rigorous monastic setting, we can still find a way to investigate this matter completely and find our before-thinking original nature with total assurance and dedication. And we can also support each other in our efforts.

Even if your schedule does not permit your attending each and every retreat and Tuesday evening practice session, if you are motivated to revitalize your practice, please contact me. Together, we can work out a plan to make it work for you. All talks will be recorded and made available to participants.

— Eric Nord, JDPSN

This year’s Kyol Che (2022)

Kyol Che Began: Tuesday, January 25th, 7pm
First Retreat: Friday–Sunday, January 28 – 30
Second Retreat: Friday–Sunday, March 18 – 20
Third Retreat: Friday–Sunday, April 22 – 24
Kyol Che Ended: Tuesday, April 26th, 7pm

Kyol Che Teacher:

Eric Nord, JDPSN

Area of Focus:

The title of this year’s Kyol Che was Body, Breath, Heart and Mind – The Same or Different?  Although we train with our entire being, Zen has always placed great emphasis on mind. As a result, we sometimes forget to include the body, breath and heart in our ongoing practice. Over the course of six workshops, we shone a light on how body, breath and heart can work together with mind as co-equal partners.

How to Participate:

Each year before Kyol Che begins, we provide links to pages to make four commitments and submit a Kyol Che contract to the teacher who is leading Kyol Che.

Kyol Che Workshops

Over the course of six workshops, we shone a light on how body, breath and heart can work together with mind as co-equal partners. Workshops were held every other Tuesday evening, beginning February 8 and running through April 19. Follow this link for the schedule of workshops.