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Silent Illumination: The Art of Chan

Led by Gilbert Gutierrez



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registration opens in March

Begins: Saturday July 4, 2020
Check-in: 4:00 - 6:00 PM - late arrival not allowed
End Date: Sunday July 12, 2020
End Time: 10:00 AM
Deadline: no applications accepted after June 30

Explore the method-of-no-method using contemplation of the mind ground. Experience the difference of a balanced practice – the application of mind’s own perception where there is no “you.” This retreat is for all those who want to practice properly. It is not about conditioning your legs to sit comfortably, but about correctly applying the right view to meditation. If a practitioner with substantial experience is not moving forward in the practice but (and this is important), wants to move forward then this is the retreat to attend. Newer practitioners will also benefit, as Gilbert provides hands on instruction, and addresses questions about the methods of practice, with an attitude of leaving no one behind.

Requirements for Intensive Retreat

We carefully screen each applicant to ensure sufficient experience for acceptance on an intensive retreat. The requirements are that the applicant has:

  • already received basic meditation instruction
  • established a daily personal practice
  • previously attended at least one three-day retreat (e.g. Foundation Retreat)

Gilbert Gutierriz

Gilbert Gutierrez has over thirty-nine years of meditation experience, which includes his study of various martial arts as well as Chi Gong. In 2002, he received Dharma Transmission from Chan Master Sheng Yen, making him the only western lineage holder currently residing in the United States. He conducts retreats and lectures throughout North America.

His home base is in Southern California and he lectures regularly at the Los Angeles DDMBA chapter and with his own Riverside Chan Meditation Group in California. Gilbert teaches in a classical Chan style which inspires his students to investigate Chan through diligent practice.