In addition to the events on the calendar, we offer daily zazen and a Saturday program which includes a public lecture at 10:10. Please see the weekly schedule.
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January 26, 2020 –
Though Zen practice has no beginning or end, new people sometimes find the forms daunting, and more experienced students can value refreshment and learn about forms in greater detail. This sitting, led by Karen Sundheim and Penelope Thompson, is an opportunity for new and old practitioners to invigorate our beginner’s mind. The focus will be on the basics of Suzuki Roshi’s practice: zazen, kinhin, and bowing. There will be two short talks followed by discussion: one on Dogen’s “Fukanzazengi” and another on a topic related to practice. The sesshin will be Sunday, January 26, and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Though shorter than usual, the rhythm of sitting will be similar to our regular schedule. Plan to attend the entire day. Please bring a bag lunch—we will not be cooking a meal or doing oryoki. The sesshin fee is $25. Place checks marked “Beginner’s Sesshin” in the slot in the laundry room door or mail to BZC Office Manager at 1931 Russell St., Berkeley 94703. For more information, please contact Karen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Penelope (email@example.com).