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im·mer·sion noun \ i -ˈ mər-zhən , - shən \ the act of immersing or the state of being immersed. The Z en of Immersion. You weren’t kidding when you called it “Immersion” because BOY were we immersed ! -Immersion participant 2011. The Z en of Immersion. Immersion as sesshin.

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im mer sion noun i m r zh n sh n the act of immersing or the state of being immersed

im·mer·sionnoun \i-ˈmər-zhən, -shən\the act of immersingor the state of being immersed

The Zen of Immersion

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You weren’t kidding when you called it “Immersion” because BOY were we immersed!-Immersion participant 2011

The Zen of Immersion

immersion as sesshin

Immersion as sesshin

The Zen of Immersion

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In Zen Buddhism a sesshinis a period of intense practice of Zen and meditation that typically last 2-7 days.

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“an energizing experience – so full of new ideas, new perspectives, and new minds & colleagues.”-Immersion participant 2011

The Zen of Immersion

the z en of immersion

keisaku a flat wooden stick used as a compassionate means to reinvigorate and awaken the meditator who may be tired from many sessions of zazen.

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“There is a certain amount of pain and discomfort at Immersion. You can get really tired.”-Immersion participant 2010

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“Assessment Immersion was a beautiful nightmare in that wonderful terrible way that immersion always is.”-Immersion participant 2011

The Zen of Immersion

immersion and mentoring

Immersion and mentoring

The Zen of Immersion

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dokusanThe meditation practice is occasionally interrupted by the master giving public talks (teisho) and individual direction in private meetings (dokusan) with a Zen Master.

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“It gave me a new network of really great librarian friends that I can look to for support and collaboration.”Immersion participant 2011

The Zen of Immersion

felt empowering to always be in a gym full of geniuses immersion participant 2011

“Felt empowering to always be in a gym full of geniuses.”Immersion participant 2011

The Zen of Immersion

immersion as breakthrough

Immersion as breakthrough

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An enlightenment or awakening experience. A kenshoreportedly gives one a glimpse of one's own nature and the true nature of reality.

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“There were points later in the week when things started to all come together.”-Immersion participant 2010

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i hadn t thought of myself as a teacher before this week but i do now immersion participant 2011

“I hadn’t thought of myself as a teacher before this week, but I do now.”-Immersion participant 2011

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Sources cited:Burkhardt, Andy. “The Zen of ACRL Immersion.” Information Tyrannosaur: Top of the Information Food Chain. 2 Aug. 2010. Web. 17 Apr. 2012 <http://andyburkhardt.com/2010/08/02/the-zen-of-acrl-immersion/ >. “Dokusan,””kensho,” “sesshin.” Prebish, Charles S. Historical Dictionary of Buddhism. Metuchen, N.J: Scarecrow Press, 1993. Print. “Immersion.” The Concise Oxford English Dictionary, Twelfth edition . Ed. Catherine Soanes and Angus Stevenson. Oxford University Press, 2008. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press.  Lewis & Clark College. Online.  17 Apr. 2012 <http://www.oxfordreference.com/views/ENTRY.html?subview=Main&entry=t23.e27781>. “Keisaku.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. 11 Jan. 2004. Web. 17 Apr. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keisaku >. Many thanks to Andy Burkhart, for his permission to borrow his metaphor. And to Margot Conahan, Manager of Professional Development at ACRL, for assembling participant quotes.

The Zen of Immersion