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2015 Silent Thunder Order Annual Conference and Precepts Retreat Participants

2016 Annual Silent Thunder Order Conference and Precepts Retreat
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 6:00 PM -
Sunday, July 17, 2016 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Atlanta Soto Zen Center
1167 Zonolite Place
Atlanta, Georgia 30306
United States
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This year's Annual Silent Thunder Order Conference and Retreat will take place from Wednesday, July 13th through Sunday, July 17th. The retreat will include a wonderful opportunity to practice together, take part in the STO Conference and 501 (c) (3) Annual General Meeting on Saturday, July 16th and wrap up on Sunday, July 17th with Jukai & Zaike Tokudo Ceremonies. All are encouraged to attend as much of the retreat as their personal schedule allows. The conference will include morning workshops for the sharing of ideas and best practices between affiliates as well as introducing the activities presently taking place within the Board and its Committees to help all feel comfortable in participating and contributing their talents. It will include an update on the work done so far on the Matsuoka Documentary and archive. Election of 2016-2017 STO Board of Directors by active members will take place during the afternoon Annual General Meeting portion of the Conference. This Annual Conference is a great opportunity for old and new practitioners from across North America to practice, learn, and plan together.

This retreat is Dharma style retreat (more rigorous than a Sangha building retreat but less rigorous than a Buddha style retreat such as Rohatsu), which is open to all and designed for those wishing to formalize their Zen practice and look deeply into the Buddhist Precepts. The retreat will follow the Dharma Retreat Schedule from Wednesday till Friday. Senior Disciples and Practice Leaders will be team teaching with Taiun Roshi on the topic of the Precepts.

Those wishing to assist in planning, taking on working roles during the retreat, and take part in this team teaching opportunity, (as well as Practice Leaders who have members who are planning on taking the Precepts), please e mail the STO Retreat Committee to be added to the schedule and/or have preparations made for your members' Jukai ceremony.

Fees are $50 per day full day and $20 for overnight accommodations if required. As supporting member you are eligible for a 25% discount (Apply Discount Code 'DISC25' at the Agenda page when you register). If you face financial hardship please contact the Retreat Committee to discuss work study opportunities.