Sunday, December 14, 2008

Zen Sesshin and Basic Training??

Unitarian Universalist Army Chaplain Candidate David Pyle has posted a very interesting (!) comparison between Zen sesshin (meditation retreat) and military basic training on his blog Celestial Lands.


David Pyle said...

Thank you for the link, Chaplain Shin... But just so you know, I am still a Chaplain Candidate, not yet acessioned as a Chaplain.

It was an amazing experience... and thinking about the comparison between Sesshin and Basic Training was inspired by a question my Roshi asked about how similar the two were.

I will write more later on the experience, after I have had some more time to process in a deeper way.

Yours in Faith,

David Pyle

Mark Vanslooten said...

You know I was thinking of attending a sesshin when I get back from Iraq. I didn't know it would be a repeat of boot camp! Great article. It's probably the best description of a sesshin that I've ever read. Not so sure if I want to do it now...

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