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        We started the day gathering at the Chan Center. Did a few moves of DDM’s Eight Form Moving Meditation, just to warm our bodies up, preparing it for the journey.

        The day, as usual, began with DDMBA’s famous Eight Form Moving Meditation. This exercise, when done correctly, is actually very soothing. All eight forms must be done with intention and awareness.

        The event began with a ten minute sitting meditation. We closed our eyes and relaxed our bodies. After coming out of the sitting, Fashi asked the audience, what is Chan? Not expecting any answers, she began to answer the question.

        The night began with a question from a member of the audience asking, “What is suffering?” Chang Wu Fashi proceeds by asking back to the audience, “What do you think is suffering?” Someone from the audience mentions “marriage” as suffering.

        This report is about the two day Introduction to Chan Retreat lead by Gilbert Gutierrez on March 3rd and 4th, 2007. This is the second Introduction to Chan retreat I have attended. However this is the first one where the leader spoke English.

        The day started off with the “Eight Form Moving Meditation” exercise, followed by two sitting meditations, with yoga exercise in between. Next was the meditation talk, followed by lunch (vegetarian of course).