Six-week Class with Ryushin Paul Haller

Paul at Tassajara

Monday, June 1 to Monday, July 6, 7 pm to 8:30 pm

Ryushin Paul Haller is offering a six-week online class on Mondays, starting June 1 and ending July 6. The class will begin at 7 pm and end at 8:30 pm, Belfast time. Please email here to register and we’ll send you the Zoom link. These classes are offered by donation so that everyone can attend. Here is Paul’s description of what we’ll be studying:

The six paramitas (perfections), giving, discipline, patience, effort, continuous contact and wisdom, are a traditional list of the virtues that arise with dedicated practice. They are also the wholesome dispositions/behaviors that are intentionally engaged as we follow the Path of Awakening. They both help overcome the hindrances to awakening and express its intrinsic liberating qualities.

In this class we will study a variety of teachings on the paramitas from early Buddhism, Zen and contemporary commentaries to reveal in detail the qualities of mind and behaviour the paramitas promote and the afflictions and suffering they dissolve.

Each week there will be guided meditations, practices based on the paramitas that you can bring into your daily life, and time for a Q&A.

There will also be the option of participating in a weekly online small group where each participant will share their experience of practising with the paramita of the week.

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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