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“Bankei’s Unborn Buddha Mind”

September 5 – 8, 2019
The Franciscan Center  – 3010 N. Perry Avenue, Tampa, FL  33603-5345

A few spots left! Registration Deadline: August 15th.
Please join the Open Mind Zen Naples Sangha (Community) for its first residential zen meditation retreat at the beautiful Franciscan Center of Tampa, located on the banks of the Hillsborough River.

Zen Master Bankei Yotaku was born in 1622 and had his first enlightenment experience at the age of 25. After years of severe practice and near death, Bankei became enlightened by the mundane act of spitting at the wall of his hut after a fit of coughing. His realization was “all things are perfectly resolved in the Unborn Mind.” In his 50 Songs of the Unborn, Bankei wrote Unborn and imperishable is the original mind…. / Search back to the time when you were born: you can’t remember a thing at all! / Keep your mind as it was when you came into the world, and instantly this very self is a living “thus-come-one” [tathâgata, or Buddha]. This retreat will focus on touching the Unborn Buddha Mind we inherit at birth.

A retreat is a rare opportunity to step away from the hectic pace of modern life and look deeply at our lives.  The weekend will be led by Sensei Al Rapaport and assistant teachers of the Open Mind Zen School.
The retreat will start with dinner at 6:00 pm on Thursday, September 5
th and end at noon on Sunday September 8th.
The retreat will include sitting meditation, walking meditation, opportunities for private interviews and koan practice with ordained teachers, Buddhist liturgy, and gentle yoga.

Cost: $425.00 single room/$375.00  double room.
Including Thursday night dinner, 3 meals Friday & Saturday and 2 meals Sunday. All vegetarian.
Registration deadline: August 15th.
Reserve your spot with $100 deposit, specifying if you want a single or double room.
To register, visit our Support Page at:
lick on the Donate button for payment. Put the correct amount to be paid and add “Deposit for Retreat” in the Comment Box.

For information regarding financial assistance, please email [email protected] or call 239-919-7484.

Nearest airport is Tampa International Airport (TPA)