Monday, August 13, 2018

Fall Sesshin September 8th & 9th

This year we will be having our Fall Sesshin at Mount Adams Zen Temple earlier in the season.  Many people have commented that the late October dates put us into chill of winter and make the nights and early mornings a bit challenging.  So we have are experimenting by moving our dates where we can fit into the busy Mount Adams schedule. Therefore, on September 8th and 9th, we will once again join with the Mount Adams Zen community in conducting our Fall Sesshin. The format of the retreat combines the Mount Adams Zen Temple practices with our own traditional Boundless Way style sesshin.

Many members of our extended sangha have had the opportunity to practice at Mount Adams and are aware of the subtle differences in style, while for others this will be a new experience.  Mount Adams Zen Temple is in the Vietnamese Zen tradition and carries many of the nuances of this heritage, just as our practice carries the nuances of the Japanese tradition.

Since both our communities are modern Western descendants of Zen, neither Japanese or Vietnamese, we are not bound to any specific ethnic style of practice.  The combination of old traditions holds many promises in the development of a “Contemporary  Zen” form that is not of any specific tradition, other than the tradition of Zen itself.

Due to the logistics of conducting this sesshin away from home we need to know how many people are planning to attend,  please remember to “register” by sending an e-mail to: to confirm your attendance.  Even though overnight accommodations will be indoors, please prepare yourself as if you were going on a camping trip, with sleeping bags and personal items.  For the most part we will be sleeping barracks style and meals will be provided within the retreat schedule.

It is recommended that you arrive Friday night to take full advantage of the full day schedule on Saturday.

If you want to reserve and rent a room at Trout Lake Abbey call: (509) 395-2030

For more information about Mount Adams Zen Center go to:

Friday Evening Schedule
5:30-6:30 Gathering and Casual Dinner
6:30 -7:30 Mt Adams Evening Service

Saturday Schedule
5:45  Metta Practice
6:15 One period of seated meditation
6:45 Informal Breakfast
7:30 Clean up break period
8:00 Orientation for Retreat
9:00 Morning Service
10:00  Samu (work period)
11:45  Two periods of meditation divided by walking meditation
1:00 Lunch- Soto style Oryoki
2:00 Clean up and Break
3:45 Two periods of meditation w/walking meditation & private meeting with teacher
5:00 Half hour of walking meditation (outside)
5:30 Dinner-Soto style Oryoki
6:30 Clean up and break
7:00 Metta Practice
7:30 One period of seated meditation
8:00 Tea and Dharma talk
9:00 Time for Bed

Sunday Schedule
5:45  Metta Practice
6:15 Two periods of seated meditation divided by walking meditation
7:30 Informal Breakfast
8:30 Clean up
9:00 Morning Service
10:00 Samu (work period)
11:30 Two periods of meditation w/walking meditation  & private meeting with teacher
12:45 Informal Lunch
1:45 Clean up and Break
2:45 One period seated meditation
3:15 Tea and Group discussion
4:15 Retreat Ends

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Meet Peyton Young

Hello everyone!

My name is Peyton Young and I am from the foot hills of the Blue Ridge mountains in Northern Georgia. I am married to a wonderful women and Daoist Priest Christina J. Barea. We have an almost driving teenaged son by the name of Matteo. Right now, my main job is in I.T. as a Senior Network Engineer.

I was raised Southern Baptist in a family of military veterans from WWII and Vietnam. I played soccer, hunted, fished, and worked on mechanical things as a young man. I loved my time in Boy Scouts and earned the Eagle Scout badge. I have studied martial arts almost my entire adult life in some fashion or another. Bruce Lee and Morihei Ueshiba were big influences in my spiritual development at an early age.

I was an avid reader as well loving JRR Tolkien, David Eddings, and Louis Lamour; these gents developed my creative and imaginative side. Later in life I have had the pleasure of studying with some great teachers, guides and mentors in martial arts and the spiritual sciences. I realized at some point or another, that there was something much deeper to life that could be experienced if the inner and outer were one and the same. This lead me to my wife and over the last 7 years we both have tried to make that merging a reality on so many levels!

My wife and I practice and teach Medical Qigong Therapy, Qigong and Taichi for health, and we started a not for profit in Georgia. We are also in the process of starting a new business selling lovingly brewed Chinese herbal liniments. Somewhere in all this living I was ordained as a novice priest in Tendai and Shingon schools and I took discipleship in Quan Zhen Longmen Pai Sect of Daoism. I currently do practice liturgy, meditation, Suizen, and try to have some fun! My love is playing the Shakuhachi! Suizen Life! Long live the Komuso!

So that is my ongoing hero’s journey. Continually merging inner and outer and experiencing what life has to offer. I am excited to get to meet all you great people in the near future!