Shugen Sensei continued his monthly meetings with the Woodstock Interfaith Council through the winter, discussing issues related to serving our regional communities. In January. Hojin Osho traveled to New Zealand to lead a week-long arts workshop and a full-week sesshin at a retreat center in the mountains of Staveley with a gathering of sangha (see photos on this page). In February, Zuisei traveled across the state to visit with the Buffalo sangha where she led a four-day sesshin and offered a public talk.
The Training Office continues to provide a series of live video conferences with teachers for students who live at a distance from the Monastery or cannot visit. Last fall and winter Shugen Sensei offered two seminars on cultivating and maintaining bodhicitta, Hojin Osho offered one on art practice, Hogen Sensei gave one on practicing without a formal sangha, and Zuisei provided one on practicing relationship.
Upcoming video conferences are available to all MRO students and will cover topics such as the Bodhisattva Vows, lay training, creating personal liturgy, the role of faith and the topic of mindfulness. For more information on video conferences, please contact the Training Office.