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The Inner and Outer Worlds

A Daylong Retreat with Zen, Photography and Hiking

Take to the hills around Jikoji for a wide-open day of photography.

Grass, trees and lands which are embraced by this teaching together radiate a great light.  —Dogen

Jikoji will be the starting point for our day of meditation, hiking and taking pictures. We will settle in our bodies; we will hike trails in the area; we will use photography as a way to be completely present with our surroundings, to discover the beautiful around us on a large and small scale, and to be invigorated by the wonders of nature. 

Come prepared for a hike in the hills around Jikoji. Please bring hiking gear, including clothes suitable for changeable weather, and a camera. Please also bring water bottles, a bag lunch and hiking snacks for the day.

This retreat is suitable for all levels of practitioners and photographers. 


Shundo David Haye came from England to Zen Center to begin his practice in 2000. Since then he has lived at City Center and Tassajara, following the traditional monastic training path. He has served as work leader at Tassajara, tenzo (head of the kitchen) and ino (head of the meditation hall) at City Center, and currently holds the position of director at City Center. He was ordained as a priest in 2009 by Ryushin Paul Haller, and was head monk at Tassajara in the fall of 2012. He helps to run the Young Urban Zen group in the city, and loves to be outdoors, either on a bicycle or taking photographs.

This retreat is suitable for all levels of practitioners and photographers.

Earlier Event: August 31
Beyond Science and Buddhism
Later Event: September 7
DT: Michael Newhall