meditation summer school

Retreat Day for Men

A Simple Guide to Life

Cultivating the Empty Field

Overcoming Suffering


Sunday, March 4, 2018

9:00 am to 4:00 pm


Subduing the Three Poisons of Greed, Anger and Ignorance


If you want to improve your life, you must follow a path that eliminates the three poisons. Buddhism explains that the three poisons – greed, anger, ignorance – are the leading cause of unhappiness, pain and suffering. This retreat day for men will help you discover contentment and equanimity so you can start to enjoy a more meaningful and less stressful life. It will explore the methods and practices of Zen Buddhist meditation, Christian hesychasm prayer, and Advaita yoga. Learn to cultivate equanimity, compassion and wisdom.


  • Date: Sunday, March 4, 2018
  • Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Cost: $60 for reservations made by February 25; $75 after February 25. Some scholarships are available.
  • Facilitator: Richard Sisto, Zen meditation instructor
  • For more information call 502.452.2749 or email


Retreat Director: Richard Sisto


Richard Sisto began Zen Meditation practice in 1965 with Soyu Matsuoka Roshi at the Zen Temple of Chicago. He was a friend and student of Thomas Merton until his death in 1968. He moved to the Sierra Nevada Mountains in 1969 adopting a simple lifestyle without electricity etc. and built a rock house and practiced Hatha Yoga at Ananda Meditation Retreat and was designated to teach at schools and Universities in the bay area and Sacramento.


He left Ananda and joined a Zen practice group run by his neighbor Gary Snyder and built the Zendo with another member of the group. While in California he attended retreats and practiced Advaita Yoga with Swami Satchidananda.


He returned to Kentucky in 1980 and bought a farm adjoining the Abbey of Gethsemani where he and his wife Penny ran a Jersey Dairy and raised their children. He participated in Gethsemani sponsored Zen sesshins with Korean  Zen Master Seung San. Around 1989 they moved to the Floyds Knobs Indiana and founded the Red Hawk Zendo offering free weekly Zen Meditation and two 3-day Sesshins per year for 10 years. He has taught meditation classes for Bellarmine University, Interfaith Paths to Peace, Earth and Spirit Center and Louisville Leadership organization to name a few.


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Simple Guide to Life - Retreat

Sunday, March 4, 2018


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