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Silent Illumination Intensive Retreat (October 21-29, 2017)

Silent Illumination Intensive Retreat

October 21-29, 2017

Led by Guo Gu

Begins: Saturday, October 21 – check in 4:00-6:00 pm
Ends: Sunday, October 29 – 1:00 pm
Fee: $560
Openings: Register Now
Deadline: October 18


The above verse comes from The Inscription on Silent Illumination, a poem composed by Master Hongzhi Zhengjue of the 12th century Caodong (Soto) lineage of the Chan school. This verse is a guideline for a method of practice, which he called silent illumination. With this simple method, one cultivates relaxation and awareness of the state of body, mind, and environment. With the settling of wandering thoughts and conceptualization, there is “silence”; with the emergence of clarity, there is “illumination.”

You can read Guo Gu’s article on this method, You Are Already Enlightened, at Lion’s Roar magazine.

Retreat Program

The silent illumination method will be taught in the context of daily life activities, such as sitting, standing, walking, sleeping, working, and eating. Chanting and gentle yoga exercises further harmonize the body, breath, and mind. The retreat also includes daily lectures, meditation instruction, guided meditation, and personal interviews.

Guo Gu (Dr Jimmy Yu)

Guo Gu Dr. Jimmy Yu

Guo Gu is one of Master Sheng Yen’s senior lay teachers and translators, assisting with and leading activities at the Chan Meditation Center, Dharma Drum Retreat Center, and Dharma Drum Mountain, Taiwan. In 1982, while still quite young, he learned meditation from Master Sheng Yen, and began practicing Chan intensively in 1989. He was also the personal monastic attendant and assistant to Master Sheng Yen for almost nine years, and then in 1995, he was given permission by the Master to teach (inka) Chan. He has led retreats in various parts of the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Guo Gu is now the guiding instructor for the Western Dharma Teachers at the Chan Meditation Center. He received his doctorate in Buddhist Studies in 2008 from Princeton University, and is now an Assistant Professor at Florida State University. Currently, he is the teacher of the Tallahassee Chan Group which meets regularly at the Tallahassee Buddhist Community in Florida.