Introduction to the Body-Breath-Mind of Zazen

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Free four-week online course, Mondays, 7 pm to 8:30 pm

February 15, February 22, March 1 and March 8

Led by Ryushin Paul Haller

Zazen is the practice of experiencing what’s happening in the moment. It’s both simple and profoundly challenging to sustain. In the Zen tradition there are ways of relating to the body, the breath and the mind that help sustain the open awareness of seated zazen. There are also traditional ways to help bring zazen heart/mind to the activities of daily life.

This four-week course will describe in detail these traditional techniques.  Each week some of the techniques will be described and demonstrated, so that participants can then practise them for a week at home. 

There will be an opportunity in class and in optional “small group” meetings to discuss your experience in practising with the techniques. Also, there will be time to discuss how to establish and sustain a zazen practice while sitting and in everyday activities. 

Discussion of what’s being experienced offers several benefits. It helps with recognizing and acknowledging your experience, a helpful part of the learning process. It offers a forum for mutual learning and support; we learn from each other’s experience. And it helps the teachers know what to emphasize as the course unfolds.

These classes are entirely free, and those who can make a donation will be supporting us and everyone else. We will send the Zoom link before the classes begin. To register, please click here (it’s only necessary to register for the first class!).

How to Find Us Online

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Our Zoom ID is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7630773412 and the password is the word zendo

Our weekly schedule

(all times are local Belfast time – find your time zone here)

  • 7 am to 8 am Monday to Friday: Two 25-minute periods of zazen separated by 10 minutes of kinhin (walking meditation)
  • 8 am to 8:45 am Friday: Weekly check-in
  • 10 am to 11 am Saturday and Sunday: Two 25-minute periods of zazen separated by 10 minutes of kinhin
  • 11 am to 12 noon Saturday: Dharma study group (currently reading Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki)