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10-Day Intensive Silent Illumination Chan Retreat

"Silently and serenely, forgetting all words,
clearly and vividly, it appears before you."

Teacher: Zarko Andricevic, a Dharma Heir of Master Sheng Yen
Begins: Friday Nov 29, 2013 check-in 4:00-6:00pm
Ends: Sunday Dec 8, 2013 11:00 am
Fee: $520
Openings: Available register online
Deadline: Nov 26, 2013

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."

This 10-Day Silent Illumination retreat will be led by Zarko Andricevic, a Dharma heir of Chan Master Sheng-Yen. Drawing on teachings of the Master, he will lead us in understanding the concepts and applying the method of Silent Illumination. He will also give personal interviews to provide additional guidance.

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 interview.

Note: This is an intensive retreat, intended for practitioners who:

  • have established a routine personal practice
  • have prior retreat experience (3-day or longer meditation retreat)

Zarko Andricevic

Founder of the Buddhist Center in Zagreb, Croatia. Zarko first encountered Buddhism in 1975 and has been a martial arts and yoga teacher since the 1970s. In 1985 he started the first Buddhist study and meditation group in Croatia which in time grew into the first Buddhist community there. This community is known as Dharmaloka nowadays. In 1996, while seeking a new teacher, he met Chan Master Sheng Yen, attended his seven-day retreat and became one of his students. Seeing Chan as the very core of the Buddha Dharma and Master Shen Yen as the man whose teaching stems directly from the meditative experience, he has dedicated himself to the practice of Chan meditation and has attended Master Sheng Yen's retreats regularly. In June 2001, during a two-week retreat in the USA, Zarko received Dharma transmission from Master Sheng Yen, thus becoming one of his five Dharma heirs in the West.


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