Lotus Root Training is a one-year program of committed study and practice in the fundamental teachings and practice of Buddha-dharma. The program is recommended for those new to Buddhist practice, and/or those who seek to deepen their discipline within an existing practice.
The program consists of:
• Establishment of individualized and disciplined meditation & contemplative practice
• Weekly one-to-one student-teacher meetings to discuss one’s practice (Deokcham)
• Introduction to the Buddha, Buddhist Schools and Principles, and Sutra study from the Pali Canon
• Training in Zen Buddhist practice forms and participation in group meditation practice
The Lotus Root Training program requires individual commitment and practice application. The intent of the program is to help a practitioner develop for themself a strong foundation from which they are able to investigate mind and heart fearlessly and clearly and to awaken from delusion. Formal registration is required. If you have further questions about the program please contact us.
The Profession of Lay Vows
Students who are registered in the one-year Lotus Root Training program, and have undergone Refuge & Precepts Study are eligible to make Three Refuge and Five Precepts profession of vows conducted within a formal ceremony witnessed by the White Lotus Haven Zen of Connecticut sangha. Taking refuge in the Triple Gem (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha) and making a commitment to live in accord with the Five Precepts (guiding means) of ethical conduct, is the formal way in which one becomes a Buddhist lay disciple.
“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