Practice Period Talks

An ango (安居), or kessei (結制), is a Japanese term for a three-month period of intense training for students of Zen Buddhism, lasting anywhere from 90 to 100 days. The practice during ango consists of meditation (zazen), study, and work (samu (作務)).

Ango is typically held twice a year, the first period from spring to summer and the second period from fall to winter. The word ango literally translates as "dwelling in peace"; the summer ango is referred to as ge-ango and the winter period is u-ango. Additionally, some monasteries and Zen centers hold just one ango per year.

Concerning Zen practice in the United States, author Ellen Birx writes,

Many centers now allow members to attend retreats on a part-time basis. Many have ango, a three-month-long period of intensified practice, that members can participate in while continuing to go off to work during the day." Taigen Dan Leighton writes a more traditional definition, "These are ninety-day training periods of concentrated practice without leaving the monastic enclosure (except for monks going out for necessary temple business). They date back to the summer rainy season retreats of Shakyamuni's time. In Japan, they have been held twice a year, summer and winter."

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Women Ancestors Class 2

Lay, Priest, Transmission, Monastic Practice, Dharma Transmission, Teacher-and-...
Nov 24 2020

Public Dokusan 11

Subject-and-Object, Intuition, Heart Sutra, Conversation, Posture, Karma, Birth-and-...
Oct 30 2020

Living On A Mountain

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Oct 24 2020

New Members Meeting

Offering, Berkeley Zen Center, Obstacles, Sangha, Aspects of Practice, Zoom, Practice...
Sep 14 2020

Public Dokusan

Zoom, Practice Period, Silence, Discrimination, Daily Life, War, Emotions, Sangha,...
May 29 2020

Making Refuge

Heart Sutra, Avalokiteshvara, confusion, Conversation, Practice Period, Subject-and-...
May 16 2020

Dogen's Three Minds

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May 02 2020

Good Karma

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Feb 22 2020

The Practice of Patience

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Nov 02 2019

October 10th, 2019, Serial No. 02706

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Oct 10 2019

Give Up Hope

Hsin Hsin Ming, Bell, Lotus Sutra, Impermanence, uchiyama, Tassajara, Practice Period...
Sep 28 2019

Going Beyond

Heart Sutra, Intimacy, Impermanence, Birth-and-Death, Practice Period, Renewal,...
Aug 24 2019

What's Love Got To Do With It

Passions, Priest, Precepts, Impermanence, Bowing, Constancy, Daily Life, Practice...
Aug 10 2019

About the Shuso

Serial: BZ-02688

Sesshin Day 5

 

Practice Period, Bell, Tassajara, Posture, Cultivation, Mindfulness, Precepts,...
Jun 23 2019

Daowu's Condolence Call

Serial: BZ-02687

Sesshin Day 4

 

Blue Cliff Record, Doubt, Teacher-and-Student, Birth-and-Death, Funeral, Lineage,...
Jun 22 2019

Tosotsu's Three Barriers

Serial: BZ-02684

Sesshin Day 1

 

Birth-and-Death, Big Mind, Buddha Mind, Practice Period, Instruction, Buddha Nature,...
Jun 19 2019

Nirvana the Waterfall

Oneness, Composure, Nirvana, Big Mind, Birth-and-Death, Practice Period, Commitment,...
May 25 2019

Man up a Tree

Renunciation, Ego, Practice Period, Buddha Nature, Don't Know Mind, Priest,...
May 18 2019

Shuso Way-Seeking Mind Talk

Berkeley Zen Center, training, Practice Period, Religion, Emotions, Forgiveness,...
May 13 2019

Practice Period 31st Opening Sesshin

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May 11 2019

Choosing Fredom

Mindfulness, Four Noble Truths, Intimacy, Obstacles, Instruction, Dependent...
May 04 2019

Let the Mystery Be

training, Heart Sutra, Skandas, Daily Life, Practice Period, Silence, Posture,...
Mar 09 2019

Being Shuso and Learning to Say Yes

Practice Period, Don't Know Mind, Buddha Nature, training, Lay, Patience, Bowing...
Dec 15 2018

Maylie Scott Bears the Unbearable Sesshin: Close Aspects of Practice

Berkeley Zen Center, Peace, Conversation, Transmission, Offering, Dharma Transmission...
Nov 03 2018

Tea Ladies and Their Mind-Refreshing Teaching

Serial: BZ-02639

Sesshin Open Aspects of Practice

 

Sixth Patriarch, Heart Sutra, Soto Zen, Priest, Aspects of Practice, soto, Practice...
Oct 06 2018

Beating the Drum

Buddha Ancestors, Practice Period, Confession-and-Repentance, Vows, true dharma,...
Aug 11 2018

Habit Energy

Buddha Nature, Practice Period, Gratitude, Buddha Mind, Instruction, Doubt, training...
Jul 14 2018

Suzuki Roshi Sun-Faced Buddha, Moon-Faced Buddha

Serial: BZ-02621

Sesshin Day 5

 

Birth-and-Death, Practice Period, Emotions, Intimacy, Attachment, Dogen, Bell,...
Jun 17 2018

Triple Treasure: Buddha Dharma Sangha

Practice Period, Buddha Nature, Peace, War, Intuition, Equanimity, Passions, Hate...
Jun 02 2018

The Position of Shuso

Practice Period, Big Mind, Hate, Intimacy, Conversation, Culture
May 25 2018

Something To Die For: That's What Makes People Believe In Something

Peace, War, Ego, Observe, Practice Period, Karma, Dragons, Hindrances, Passions,...
May 19 2018

Sun-Faced Buddha, Moon-Faced Buddha

Serial: BZ-02611

 Shuso Talk

 

Book of Serenity, Blue Cliff Record, Hate, Non-attachment, Don't Know Mind,...
May 12 2018

Enlightenment Zazen Comfort True Comfort

Thoroughness, Four Noble Truths, Practice Period, Attachment, Composure, Buddha...
May 05 2018

Practices for PP Opening Sesshin

Practice Period, Gaining Mind, Monastic Practice, Subject-and-Object, Continuous,...
Apr 28 2018

The Heart of Priest and Lay Practice

Priest, Gaining Mind, Lay, Lay Practice, Ego, Practice Period, Priest-and-Lay,...
Apr 21 2018

Spring Rain

Big Mind, Platform Sutra, Dharma Transmission, Ordination, Buddha Nature, Lotus Sutra...
Apr 14 2018

Wherever you are Enlightenment is Here

Big Mind, First Principle, Commitment, Buddha Nature, Practice Period, Ego,...
Oct 14 2017

The Shuso Question: Full Spontaneous Encounter

Practice Period, Hindrances, Patience, Aspects of Practice, Conversation, Gratitude,...
Jul 01 2017

Gathas and Precepts

Serial: BZ-02556

Sesshin Day 5

 

Precepts, Vows, Soto Zen, Attachment, Practice Period, Heart Sutra, soto, Birth-and-...
Jun 11 2017

Zazen Practice, Sei Jo Practice

Serial: BZ-02554

Sesshin Day 3

 

Separation, Precepts, Heart Sutra, Anger, Practice Period, training, Posture,...
Jun 09 2017

The Heart of Training, The Training of the Heart

training, Precepts, Practice Period, First Principle, Priest-and-Lay, Priest,...
May 20 2017

Practices for Practice Period

Practice Period, Addiction, Humility, Renunciation, Daily Life, Precepts, Mindfulness...
Apr 29 2017

The Blessings of Failure

Impermanence, Practice Period, Judgement, Continuous, Precepts, Commitment, Big Mind...
Apr 15 2017

Grandmotherly Mind

Soto Zen, Teacher-and-Student, Big Mind, Practice Position, Precepts, training, Right...
Mar 25 2017

Practice in Community

Practice Position, Precepts, Bodhisattva Precepts, Bodhisattva Ceremony, Lay Practice...
Feb 18 2017

Problems With Zazen

Serial: BZ-02515

Rohatsu Day 2

 

Instruction, Posture, Nirvana, Practice Period, Harmonizing, Oneness, Conversation,...
Dec 05 2016

Naturalness

training, Vows, Practice Period, Posture, Aspects of Practice, Intuition, Describe,...
Nov 05 2016

Zen Mind, Beginners Mind: Study Yourself

Serial: BZ-02507

Sesshin

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Oct 23 2016

Accept Yourself, Stand On Your Own Two Feet

Precepts, Posture, Vows, Lotus Sutra, Liberation, Bodhisattva Precepts, Ordination,...
Oct 22 2016

Harmonious Life Straight from the Horses Mouth

Intimacy, Mindfulness, Continuous, Bodhisattva Vow, Soto Zen, Emotions, Intuition,...
Sep 10 2016

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