See the retreat page for information about the May 5th retreat  with Zen Master Seong Hyang





One Day Retreat
May 5th 2018


One Day Retreat with Zen Master Soeng Hyang (Barbara Rhodes)

May 5th
9:00am - 4:00pm
First Unitarian Church
Brunner Chapel
730 Halstead Rd.
Wilmington, DE 19803

We are honored to have the School Zen Master of the Kwan Um School of Zen lead this retreat for us. This is a wonderful opportunity to sit a retreat
with Zen Master Soeng Hyang.

Use the SignUpGenius Link below to register for the retreat
$35.00 for non-members
$30.00 for KUZS members
$25.00 for Dharma Teachers or DTITs
Fee includes all meals
Prior to the retreat you will be emailed a PayPal invoice to pay for the retreat fees.
If the fees present a hardship please contact the us regarding scholarship opportunities.
Zen Master Soeng Hyang (Barbara Rhodes) is the School Zen Master of the Kwan Um School of Zen. She received dharma transmission from Zen Master Seung Sahn on October 10, 1992. She was one of Zen Master Seung Sahn's first American students and studied with him beginning in 1972. She was given inka in 1977. A registered nurse since 1969, she currently works in hospice care. She helped found Providence Zen Center, and lived there for seventeen years, serving in a number of administrative capacities. Zen Master Soeng Hyang has a daughter and lives with her partner, Mary, in California.
The retreat consists of sitting and walking meditation, chanting, kong-an interviews, work practice and a formal lunch. Practice is done in silence. The lunchtime meal is vegetarian. 

Upon registering, you will receive further information about the retreat. 
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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: