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Two Day YMJJ Retreat with Kwan Haeng Sunim JDPS

June 22 - June 23

Join Kwan Haeng Sunim JDPS for a two-day in-person Yong Maeng Jong Jin (YMJJ) retreat at the Providence Zen Center.  Discover the traditional Korean meditation practice, Yong Maeng Jong Jin (YMJJ), meaning ‘to leap like a tiger while sitting’!  This intensive form of meditation invites you to become fully awake and pay attention, just like a tiger.

YMJJ retreats are held in silence.  Each day consists of Kwan Um Zen practice which includes bowing, chanting, sitting, and walking meditation, with work and rest periods.  Vegetarian meals eaten in traditional temple style. YMJJs include Dharma talks and kong-an interviews with a Kwan Um Zen teacher. Prior meditation experience or attendance at an instruction class is recommended.

This two-day YMJJ retreat includes:

  • Kwan Um Zen sitting, walking, and chanting meditation.

  • Dharma Talks and kong-an teaching Interviews with a Kwan Um Zen teacher for insightful teachings.

  • Rooming accommodations with shared bathrooms.  Most rooms are assigned to one person. A few may be shared.

  • Silent vegetarian meals, which are eaten in traditional temple style.

You may sit one day or both days of the retreat.  Our registration form will collect a bit more information that will help plan your visit.

Special Note for Beginners:

2 Day YMJJ Retreat Schedule for June 22 – June 23, 2024:

Day 1 – Saturday, June 22
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM  Arrival/Registration
9:00 AM –  Orientation
10:00 AM  Sitting Meditation
12:00 PM  Lunch
1:30 PM  Sitting Meditation
5:00 PM  Dinner

6:30 PM  Special Chanting
7:00 PM  Chanting
7:30 PM  Sitting Meditation
9:30 PM  Chanting

Day 2 – Sunday, June 23
4:30 AM  Wake-up Bell
4:45 AM  108 Bows
5:15 AM  Chanting
6:00 AM  Sitting Meditation

7:30 AM  Breakfast
8:15 AM  Work Period
10:00 AM  Sitting Meditation
12:00 PM  Lunch
1:30 PM  Sitting
3:00 PM  Circle Talk

Daily Retreat Fees:

  • $85 – Non-Members & Associate Members

  • $60 – Members, Seniors, & Full-time Students use discount code YMJJ624MEMBER

  • $50 – Dharma Teachers & Dharma-Teachers-in-Training use discount code YMJJ624DT

Kwan Haeng Sunim met Zen Master Seung Sahn at the Cambridge Zen Center in 1986. He was ordained as a novice monk in 1999 at Chik Chi Sa, South Korea and in 2003 he received Bhikku precepts at Tong Do Sa, South Korea. He has lived and practiced mainly at Hwa Gye Sa and Mu Sang Sa in Korea where he performed the jobs of Housemaster, Media Director and Head Monk. Kwan Haeng Sunim received inka in December 2020, and he currently teaches and practices at Providence Zen Center, Rhode Island.

Dana for our teachers

Dana is the ancient Pali word for “generosity of heart”, or “freely giving”.  It is customary to give dana to the teacher at the end of the retreat. Your generous support truly helps them to continue teaching. There will be an envelope on the altar for you to leave dana for the teacher at the end of the retreat.   Cash and check are appreciated.

Interested in becoming a member?  Membership in the Kwan Um School of Zen entitles you to discounts for retreats and guest stays at our Kwan Um School of Zen Centers.  See Become a Member on the Kwan Um School of Zen site.

Questions?  Please contact our Director, Derreck Martin, at director@providencezen.org.

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