Introduction to Zen Meditation
For those who are curious about meditation, or would like to test the waters, Introduction to Zen Meditation is an introductory series of talks offered each week. Each session includes meditation instruction and teaching on how meditation and Zen relate to daily life.
Basic Zen Forms and Etiquette
If you are interested in traditional Zen forms: bows, entries and exits, walking meditation, etc? This offering is designed for anyone who'd like an overview of forms to become more familiar and comfortable joining us for morning zazen or one of our sesshins.
Buddha By Nature: Exploring the Song of Zazen
with Bussho Lahn
About 250 years ago, a Zen teacher Hakuin wrote a teaching poem about meditation and called it "The Song of Zazen."
This sweet little poem describes our zazen as nothing short of the expression and assurance of our own original enlightenment, the divinity at the core of our humanity. Chanting this poem for a long time has taught me a lot, and I wish to share some of what it has offered me by offering it to you, too. We’ll spend six wonderful weeks working with some of what this simple and profound text has to offer us, using the vehicle of our everyday lives.
Yogacara and Buddhist Psychology:
How do we work with the mind?
with Ben Connelly
with Tim Burkett and Bill Woywod
Dogen Zenji, founder of our Soto school of Zen, was possessed with an astonishing combination of poetic facility, and spiritual and philosophical insight. This class will focus on his Zuimonki, which is distinguished from his other works by its straightforward language, humor, and practical guidance regarding meditation practice and day-to-day life. We will be using Masunaga's A Primer of Soto Zen, please arrive at the first class with a copy.