The Heart of the Zen Way with Paul Haller

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The Heart of the Zen Way

Online Practice Period with Paul Haller
January 23 to March 23, 2019

We have been given a wonderful opportunity to take part in the practice period that our teacher, Ryushin Paul Haller, is leading at San Francisco Zen Center’s urban temple. There is a special reduced rate for Black Mountain Zen Centre members.
Paul will offer an online meeting with Black Mountain Zen Centre on Thursday evenings from 7 pm to 8:15 pm for seven weeks during the practice period, beginning January 31. In addition, our Saturday morning reading group and Sunday morning talks will focus on the practice period teachings of the Heart Sutra.
We’ll also have access to:

  • The Livestream feed of Paul’s practice period class, The Heart of the Way of Zen
  • Downloads of handouts, readings, and exercises
  • Livestream Dharma talks on Saturdays which will be available to watch at any time.
  • Audio recordings of additional Dharma talks given on Wednesday evenings and during sesshin
  • An online zendo to sit with others each morning Monday through Friday (this will happen at 2:30 pm Belfast time so may suit those of us who can take time off during the day)
  • Interactive meetings with the practice leaders and other participants via video conference calls
  • Opportunity to have an online sangha relationship with other students via the practice period website

The theme of the Winter Practice Period is “The Heart of the Zen Way.” The heart, both the essence and the source of wholeheartedness, is enlivened by our sincere effort. Moment by moment sincere heartfelt effort creates the Way.

This Online Winter Practice Period is a chance to develop and deepen your practice together with others in a supportive environment and through activities including daily sitting, study, discussion with the teachers, and weekly sangha discussions. At Black Mountain Zen Centre, we will make a sincere effort together to cultivate a spirit of openness and gentleness within the sangha.

The special reduced price for BMZC students will be $79 (approx £64).
Click here to register. 

Online Winter 2016 Practice Period with Ryushin Haller

Awakening and Engaging the World: Traditional Zen in Contemporary Life

(View description for Winter 2016 Practice Period at City Center)

Led by Urban Temple Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller
January 20 – March 26, 2016

Location: Online, San Francisco Zen Centre

Students in this program may participate entirely from home through our online practice period offerings, or may attend one or more practice events in person. Online practice participants may attend practice period events at the member rate.

The following offerings will be available to online participants through a forum set up for practice period participants:

·         Live-streamed dharma talks on Wednesdays, Saturdays and during sesshin.

·         Access to the video of the practice period class, Awakening and Engaging the World: Traditional Zen in Contemporary Life.

·         Downloads of handouts, readings and exercises for this class.

·         The opportunity to interact in small groups.

·         Interactive meetings with Ryushin Paul Haller, the shuso and other participants via conference calls.

·         One-on-one practice discussions with a senior student.

·         Blog posts from the shuso (head student).

·         Opportunity to have an online practice relationship with other students practicing offsite.

Access to the practice period website will be provided in the weeks prior to the practice period, after payment of the online participation fee (see below). See the online participation practice period application below for recommendations on how to participate from home.

Online Participation Fee: $149; $134 current members; $119 limited income. Some partial scholarships available.

Online Participation Practice Period Application Process:

1. Download the online participation practice period application [Word]/[PDF].

2. Email your completed application to

3. Pay your online participation fee here

Applications for online participation will be accepted through Monday, January 11. Please sign up early, in order to best support the program.

Inquiries, comments and feedback may be directed to

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