Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Dick Dorworth to lead silent retreat

Meditation day is Buddhist celebration

Express Staff Writer

Dick Dorworth will lead a one-day Zen Silent Retreat at All Things Sacred in the Galleria in Ketchum on Dec. 5. Photo by Willy Cook

Dick Dorworth, author of the recently published book "The Perfect Turn," will lead a Rohatsu one-day Zen silent retreat on celebration of Buddha's enlightenment. Dorworth has been practicing Soto Zen for more than 20 years in the lineage of Suzuki-Roshi.

The retreat will take place at All Things Sacred in the Galleria in Ketchum on Leadville Avenue. The retreat will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5. A donation of $15 will be appreciated.

The format for the retreat is 35 minutes of sitting followed by 10 minutes of walking meditation known as kinhin. At noon, meditation attendees will have a silent lunch. The meditation will end at 4 p.m. with 10 minutes of standing and stretching followed by a short dharma talk.

Participants should bring lunch, drinks, pad or blanket and zafu and cushion, as well as wear loose and dark clothing.

Dorworth said his introduction to Zen happened while living in Aspen in 1988. An advertisement in a paper had once-a-week-seatings with Tibetan Buddhist Dennis Tuma.

"It was my introduction into Buddhism but I had studied Transcendental Meditation," Dorworth said. "I wanted to do retreats and spent 10 years going for three- to 10-day retreats. I have been doing them ever since."

Dorworth said it's necessary to have experience for this retreat.

"You don't get to move around," he said. "It's for people who have been sitting."

Dorworth said it's like any practice that requires focus—it's intense.

"You shut down the clutter in your mind," he said. "This is a very good place to do it. My practice has helped me an enormous amount and has allowed me to be in the world with a lot more consciousness and compassion."

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