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An ango (安居), or kessei (結制), is a Japanese term for a three-month period of intense training for students of Zen Buddhism, lasting anywhere from 90 to 100 days. The practice during ango consists of meditation (zazen), study, and work (samu (作務)).

Ango is typically held twice a year, the first period from spring to summer and the second period from fall to winter. The word ango literally translates as "dwelling in peace"; the summer ango is referred to as ge-ango and the winter period is u-ango. Additionally, some monasteries and Zen centers hold just one ango per year.

Concerning Zen practice in the United States, author Ellen Birx writes,

Many centers now allow members to attend retreats on a part-time basis. Many have ango, a three-month-long period of intensified practice, that members can participate in while continuing to go off to work during the day." Taigen Dan Leighton writes a more traditional definition, "These are ninety-day training periods of concentrated practice without leaving the monastic enclosure (except for monks going out for necessary temple business). They date back to the summer rainy season retreats of Shakyamuni's time. In Japan, they have been held twice a year, summer and winter."

From Ango on Wikipedia

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Zen Meditation on the Great Flower Adornment Scripture, Class 1

In this series of meetings, we will study and see how Zen is the key unlocking the innumerable meanings of this oceanic scripture. We will also explore how the sutra opens and illuminates our simple...

#YRB-2023-Fall, Lotus Sutra, Practice Period, Diversity, Heart Sutra, Koan
Oct 03 2023
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Aspiration, Vow and Giving Up the Impulse to Control - February 4th, 2023, Morning

What is most important? Aspirations and vows.  Karmic habits distract us from what is most important, from hearing the true dharma. Fundamentally we are the intimacy of all things. Intimacy is...

Aspiration, Vow, Karma, Karmic Formations, Karmic Acts, Gain and Loss, Confession and Repentance,...
Feb 04 2023
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The Zazen of the Buddhas' Is Great Compassion

The zazen of the buddhas is great compassion.The most common type of compassion is compassion towards suffering as it appears to us. It sees living beings and their suffering as independently...

Great compassion, Inscription on the Han, Story of Pukkasati meeting the Buddha, ...
Dec 10 2022
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Ten Vows, Ten Practices, and Ten Cakes

Discrimination, Nirvana, Practice Period, Blue Cliff Record, Letting Go, Right Effort...
Mar 07 2020
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Buddha Has Reasons For Teaching Non-Self And Buddha Has Reasons For Teaching Self

Addiction, Discrimination, Anger, Practice Period, Dragons, Impermanence, Enthusiasm...
Feb 01 2020
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Reaching Home Again Without Realizing It

Chanting, Suzuki Roshi, Practice Period, Priest, japanese, Faith, Impermanence, Lotus...
Oct 19 2019
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Teachings for the Welfare of the World

In this summer series, teachings will be offered for those who aspire to embrace and sustain the great earth and all living beings in order to realize peace and freedom in our troubled world.

YRB-2019-Summer, Silence, Funeral, Emotions, Interview, soto, Practice Period, Birth-...
Jul 09 2019
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Just This Is: the Avatamsaka Sutra in the Zen Tradition

Perfect Wisdom, Discrimination, Buddha Mind, Practice Period, Karmic Consciousness,...
Apr 13 2019
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Buddha Activity

Intimacy, Doubt, Faith, true dharma, zen meditation, Complete Perfect Enlightenment,...
Mar 09 2019
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Silent Sitting and Social Action

All compounded phenomena are unworthy of confidence. Compassion to these unstable phenomena is our practice. Zen stories are about enacting awakening within social interactions. Attend to your body,...

Compassion, Four Foundations, Practice Period, Practice Period, Mindfulness, Observe...
Oct 20 2018
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The Pivotal Activity of All the Buddhas

Compassion, Practice Period,
Sep 17 2016
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The Bodhisattva's Creativity and Freedom 

Monkey Mind, Practice Period, Hindrances, difficulty, Bodhisattva Way
Dec 01 2011
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The Bodhisattva's Creativity and Freedom 

Letting Go, practicing generosity, Mindfulness, Breath, Practice Period
Nov 17 2011
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Study of delusion is the Buddha Way 

Bodhisattva Vow, Practice Period, Precepts, Karmic Consciousness, Equanimity...
Aug 13 2011
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The Mind of Enlightenment 

Enthusiasm, Bodhidharma, Equanimity, Practice Period, Faith
Aug 05 2010
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