Practice Periods (Ango)

In the Fall, Normandie Mountain observes a 90-day practice period (October through December.) These periods (called ango, or, "peaceful dwelling") go back to the time of Shakyamuni Buddha, when the monks and nuns would settle in one place during the rainy season.

The training schedule begins Tuesday evening and runs through Sunday noon. It includes zazen, service, and chanting, breakfast oryoki and supper, as well as programs. Each Practice Period also includes one to three sesshin.

Zen practitioners are invited to join the Practice Period for a few hours, a day, a month, or the entire period. There is an afternoon study class from Wednesday through Friday for those attending during the day.

Fees include meals and lodging. Contact the office for daily, weekly, monthly rates. Partial scholarships may be available depending on need, motivation, and legnth of stay.

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