SPRING Zen Retreat
Lotus Virtual Temple
Lincoln, Nebraska
Lead by Fa Jiàn, Sensei
Friday, April, 25, 7:30 p.m. to Sunday, April 27, 2008, noon
Registration deadline: April 1, 2008. Reservation is limited to 8 
participants. First come, first served.
If the retreat is cancelled or filled, any deposits and/or tuition 
will be refunded. Send registration
form to: Lotus Virtual Temple, P.O. Box 29282, Lincoln, NE 68529. 
Your registration will be
confirmed via email along with other details prior to the 
registration deadline. For questions, email
[EMAIL PROTECTED] or visit the LVT web site www.lotus-meditation-
This retreat in the style of Zen involves silent meditation periods 
and breathing practice. In
Zen meditation we divest our mind of all conditioned concepts and 
imagery, in order to
receive the pure and simple light of true (or Buddha) nature that is 
already in each of us.
This retreat is for those who are relatively new to Zen; or Zen 
practitioners who would like
to experience a more intensive practice; or those who have not yet 
begun the practice of
Zen. Please wear loose fitting clothes of neutral colors. Sittings 
are scheduled at different
lengths with other activities, talks and breaks. Meals are shared.
Some of the other benefits of meditation include:
· Fostering a sense of peace, calm and well-being, extending beyond 
the period of meditation
and into activities of daily life.
· Increasing the ability to focus the mind and stop being at the 
mercy of uncontrollable
thoughts and worries.
· Engaging the parasympathetic nervous system or "relaxation 
response" and turns off the
fight-or-flight stress response experienced in the course of 
generalized anxiety disorder,
panic disorder, phobias, anger and post-traumatic stress reactions.
Consider the sunlight. You may say that it is near, yet if you pursue 
it from world to world you will never
catch it. You may say it is far, yet it is right before your eyes. 
Chase it and it always eludes you; run from
it and it is always there. From this example you can understand how 
it is with the true nature of things.

Current Book Discussion: any Zen book that you recently have read or are 
reading! Talk about it today! 
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