Spring Practice Period
with Ben Connelly
Offered online and in person
Wednesday evenings, March 30-May 18, or Thursday mornings, March 31-May 19
$145 members | $180 nonmembers | $70 scholarship | $180 scholarship supporter
Mahayana Buddhism offers a way of awakening with all beings. Early Buddhist literature and the koans that formed Zen are mostly records of conversations. The embodied tradition of Buddhism is largely one of community ritual, study, and meditation. This practice period will focus on the joys and challenges of devotion to this intimate way in the flux of reality: our personalities, cultures, harmful systems, interdependence, and buddha nature.
Please bring a copy of Larry Yang’s Awakening Together, The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community to the first practice period meeting.
The book is available directly from the publisher:
Practice Periods are an integral part of traditional Buddhism, and trace their origins back to the historical Buddha Shakyamuni, when the nuns and monks would take time during the monsoon seasons of India to devote themselves to intensified meditation, study, and community building.
Participants are expected to attend the eight weekly meetings (Wednesday evenings from 7:15 – 8:45 pm OR Thursday mornings from 7:30 – 9:00 am), commit to regular zazen practice, attend at least one day of retreat (for which there is an additional cost) and one work practice day, read the assigned text(s), and have regular meetings with an assigned practice partner.