Lotus Root Training is a one-year period of committed study and practice in the fundamental teachings of Buddha. The program consists of regularly scheduled student-teacher meetings, establishment of a disciplined meditation and contemplative practice, education on practice forms and liturgy, introduction to Buddha and the Buddhist Schools, sutra study, and participation in sangha life. Lotus Root Training is available to registered students of WLHZ.
Three Refuge & Five Precepts Profession of Vows
Students who are registered in the one-year Lotus Root Training period, and have attended the 8-week WLHZ Refuge & Precepts Course are eligible to make their formal Three Refuge and Five Precepts profession of vows conducted within a formal ceremony, and witnessed by the White Lotus Haven Zen Sangha.
Additional training stages are available for those who have fully completed the Lotus Root Training period, have professed Three Refuge and Five Precept vows, and who are discerning Diaconate Profession of vows.
“The pure lotus growing in muddy water is a metaphor for enlightenment. The lotus arises from all its impediments. It actually needs the impurity of the water for its nourishment. In the same way, in our own personal development, we can’t just work with what we like about ourselves. We have to work with our muddy water. We have to work with our problems and hang-ups because that’s where the action is.” — From Instructions to the Cook: A Zen Master’s Lessons in Living a Life That Matters, by Bernie Glassman & Rick Fields