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One Day Retreat
January 20th 2018      9:00am-4:00pm



One Day Retreat with Sr. Dharma Teacher William McCracken

January 20th
9:00am - 4:00pm
New Ark United Church of Christ 
300 E. Main St. 
Newark, DE 19711

Use the signup genius link below to register.

$30.00 for non-members
$25.00 for KUZS members
$20.00 for Dharma Teachers or DTITs
Fee includes all meals

Please pay by check or cash the day of the retreat

The retreat consists of sitting and walking meditation, chanting, consulting interviews, work practice and a formal lunch. Practice is done in silence. The lunchtime meal is vegetarian. 

William McCracken is a Sr. Dharma Teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen and the Abbot of the Delaware Valley Zen Center. 

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Why participate in a retreat?


The reason we practice Zen is to understand ourselves completely and help this world. The suffering we experience in our own lives, and indeed the suffering of our world, comes from our inability to connect with our true self, which is originally compassionate and clear. It's as if the owner of a sophisticated piece of machinery has lost the original instructions that came with it, and has forgotten its original function. The result is confusion and harm. A retreat can be thought of as reacquainting ourselves with the original instructions that came with our model.


After his enlightenment, the Buddha said, "How wondrous! Everybody already has it; they just don't know it. Truly, all beings are whole and complete, lacking nothing." Sitting a Zen retreat is a vital part of the process of waking up to our true self.


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Practice Schedule

Practice is held every Thursday evening at the New Ark United Church of Christ, 300 E. Main St, Newark, DE 19711.


Practice begins at 7:00pm with a short orientation for beginners, followed by chanting. We then have two 25 minute periods of sitting meditation with a 10 minute period of walking meditation in between.

Beginners are encouraged to attend the free Meditation Instruction session offered the first Thursday of each month at 7:00pm

There is no fee to attend our practice, you do not have to be a member.


Monkey Mind Zen,

is a new DVZC satellite.

The group meets in Philadelphia.

For information about their practice visit: