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The Power of Embracing Wholeness: A Women’s Retreat

Online Program
Dates: Nov 11, 2022 - Nov 13, 2022

Instructor(s): Zuisei Goddard

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Course Description:

In Buddhism, perfection or wholeness is the ground we each stand on, the home we all inhabit, the refuge we can turn to when we’re struggling to understand ourselves or the world. At the same time, social or individual conditioning can obscure our connection to that inherent perfection, causing us to feel estranged from or at odds with ourselves. While this is true for all of us, in our culture women consistently receive messages that, when internalized, prevent us from recognizing and embodying the whole of who we are. They curtail our power and leave us yearning for connection—to ourselves, to one another, to the world.

In this retreat, we’ll explore a range of Buddhist teachings and practices to help us remember, embody, and express the totality of who we are as women and as human beings. Our sessions will include meditation, reflection, teaching, and discussion, and together we’ll create what in Zen is encapsulated by the enso or Zen circle: a space of practice, aliveness, spontaneity, and wholeness.

*We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are significantly female-identified. 

Online Schedule:
This program is hosted on Zoom and closed captions are available. Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and with teachers in our online programs. We encourage you to participate as fully as you are able. You can check the time of the group sessions in your timezone here: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this program (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:

Friday, November 11

7:00 - 8:00 pm ET

Saturday, November 12

10:00 am - 12:00 pm ET

2:00 - 4:00 pm ET

Sunday, November 13

10:00-12:00 ET

Please note that sessions will be recorded and will be available within 48 hours of each session for courses and 48 hours of the final session for retreats and events. These recordings are not downloadable. Retreat recordings will be available for 2 weeks and event recordings will be available indefinitely.

Cancellation Policy:
Registration fees for online programs are nonrefundable after the program start date. Cancellations prior to the program start date will incur a $25 cancellation fee. For intensive, application-based programs, the cancellation fee is $50.

As we work to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming. Please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.
    About the Instructor(s):
  • Zuisei Goddard is a writer and lay Zen teacher. She trained full-time at Zen Mountain Monastery from 1995 to 2014, fourteen of those years as a monastic. In 2014 Zuisei returned to lay life, and in 2018 she received dharma transmission from Geoffrey Shugen Arnold Roshi, abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery and Head of the Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism. For the last ten years, Zuisei has been leading retreats and workshops on a wide range of teachings on Buddhism and meditation—all with special emphasis on the power of stillness and silence to transform our lives. www.vanessazuiseigoddard.org