CityZen Spring Sesshin Yunmen’s Treasure
May 29 to June 5
St. Dorothy’s Rest, Occidental, Sonoma County

Sesshin is an ancient Zen tradition; it’s a special environment built to help you discover your own awakening. Often in your daily life, the light of your attention goes out from you into the world; during sesshin you turn the light back inward into your own heart/mind.

Our Great Spring Sesshin promises to be truly special as we look toward our theme of Yunmen’s Treasure. 

This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to work with three women teachers in the koan Zen tradition. CityZen’s lead teacher, Rachel Mansfield-Howlett, Roshi will be teaching alongside Michelle Brandt, Sensei of CityZen and Megan Rundel, Sensei of Crimson Gate.

We practice in a relaxed traditional form of sesshin, with lots of dharma talks and opportunity for meeting individually with the teachers. Our silent meditation retreat is held at St. Dorothy’s Rest in Camp Meeker, with stunning views of the redwoods and rolling hills, not to mention handmade vegetarian meals that are quite wonderful! We’ll take up this classic koan together:

Yunmen’s One Treasure

Yunmen said to the assembly, “Within heaven and earth, in the midst of the cosmos, there is one treasure, hidden in the body. Holding a lantern, it goes toward the Buddha hall.
It brings the great triple gate and puts it on the lantern.”

What is this one treasure and how can you find it in your very own body? Let’s find out together.

Rachel Mansfield-Howlett Roshi is a koan master in the Pacific Zen School lineage and the Founder and senior teacher at CityZen in Santa Rosa, CA. With degrees in botany and law she is also a public benefit environmental attorney. She is a contributor to The Book of Mu: Essential Writings on Zen's Most Important Koan and The Hidden Lamp, Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women

Michelle Brandt Sensei is authorized to teach in the koan Zen tradition by Rachel Mansfield-Howlett Roshi. She has practiced Zen for over 30 years, trained as an interfaith spiritual director and medical qigong practitioner, and has been a student of the Way of Tea in the Urasenke School since 2010.

Megan Rundel Sensei is authorized to teach in the koan Zen tradition by Joan Sutherland Roshi. She has practiced Zen for over 25 years, is the founder of Crimson Gate in Oakland, CA and is also a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst.  

For more information and registration, email Gary Brandt:
Full-time 7-day rate: $975. Some part-time and scholarship opportunities are available. 
Nothing has ever been hidden. 

In W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn, there's an interview with an English farmer who at one point says:

“I have always kept ducks, even as a child, and the colours of their plumage, in particular the dark green and snow white, seemed to me the only possible answer to the questions that are on my mind.”