Introduction to Zazen Course

Last Updated: 2015-03-13

This four week online course will take place at BMZC over the next four Monday evenings @ 7pm beginning on Monday 16th March 2015. The four classes will be led by our Guiding Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi via online video link.

Whether joining us for the first time, whether you’ve already had some initial face to face instruction at BMZC, or whether you have been sitting for years and just want to refresh your practice this is a great opportunity to touch base with Roshi over the next month in advance of his upcoming visit in April/May 2015.

The classes addressing the fundamentals of zen meditation practice will provide guidance and support for establishing a regular practice and will offer participants guidance in responding to the challenges that can arise for them in their meditation.

Written materials and web links to relevant talks on meditation will be provided.

During the course the elements of zazen:- attention to body, breath, mind, emotions and thoughts will be described in detail with instruction on how to integrate such awareness into daily life.

Sign up at BMZC on Monday 16th. Please arrive by 6.45pm at latest. A commitment to attend all four classes is requested. We suggest a donation of £5 per class for waged participants if able and free to unwaged participants.

Online Practice Period with Ryushin Paul Haller

San Francisco Zen Centre are running an online practice period with our very own Ryushin Paul Haller.  This course is going to run from January 21 – March 28, 2015.

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The following is the course description:

What’s happening now? What thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and response to interactions? Whether we’re sitting in stillness or fully engaged in activity, attending to the experience of the moment reveals who we are, how we resist or cling to our experiences, and how we can open in a liberating and insightful way.

This continuous awareness is the heart of urban practice that requests an adaptable and durable effort flowing from one situation to the next: sometimes defined by traditional Zen formalities, and sometimes defined by the unexpected occurrences of city life.

In this class we will study the basic Buddhist teachings that describe how we can cultivate the attributes of continuous awareness. Also we will study how they are expressed in the teachings of Dogen Zenji, the founder of Soto Zen in Japan, and in the traditional koans.

More information and registration is available here: http://www.sfzc.org/cc/display.asp?catid=&pageid=4178

Note: Bmzc mailing list members will be receiving an email shortly with a discount code.  Therefore, you might want to hold off on signing up just yet.  If you haven’t signed up for the mailing list then do so here: Mailing list sign up

Here is some other related information featuring one of our Bmzc members, discussing the class that ran last year: http://blogs.sfzc.org/blog/2015/01/06/bridging-monastic-and-urban-practice-online-pp/