|Koan Study with Sojun Roshi
Sojun Roshi's study group will continue with selected koans for the first half of 2014. Our two main sources will be The Blue Cliff Record and The Book of Serenity. There will be five Friday evening meetings on February 21, March 14 and 28, April 4 and 18 from 7:15 - 8:45 pm. A sign-up will be posted in mid-January. For questions or to register in advance, contact class coordinator, Ron Nestor, at rnestor1 AT yahoo.com. All are welcome. The fee for the series is $50, payable at the first meeting.
|Oryoki Instruction and Refresher, with Gary Artim
If you are unfamiliar with the oryoki style of eating in the zendo, please attend an oryoki training beforehand. Training is offered every Saturday morning at 6:40 am for those who request it. We are also offering special oryoki training and tune-up sessions in the zendo on the following dates:
Mar 11, 6:30 pm
Come Tuesday, February 18 at 6:30 pm and learn the finer points of our meal practice from Gary Artim, so you can fully enjoy oryoki in the zendo on Saturday mornings or during sesshin.
|Finding Presence in Conversation, with Peter Overton
This open dharma group focuses on practice in the context of everyday communication. These meetings, addressing ways we speak and listen to each other, have been ongoing for a few years, and are open to everyone. They are coordinated by Peter Overton. The upcoming meeting will be held in the BZC community room; Thursday evening, March 21, 7:30 - 9:00 pm. For further information contact Peter at 510.325.2342, or peterovrtn AT gmail.com.
|Within Heaven and Earth: a Class on Living with Living and Dying
Four Thursdays in April from 7:15 pm to 9:00 pm: April 3, 10, 17 and 24
We, Ryushin Andrea Thach and Guy Micco, will be offering a class this spring concerning our relationships with aging, illness, dying and separation. We will draw on personal experiences as well as on materials from the Pail Canon using Buddha's and his disciples teachings, Chan, Zen and Tibetan stories; poems, essays and reflections from over the last centuries by philosophers, poets, health practitioners, and others. Our readings will anchor what we hope will be a lively exploration of our own paths following Siddhartha outside the palace gate to understand how to find our place in this world. Guy is a long time member/friend of BZC and student of Yvonne Rand, a physician-educator at UCB, and an internal medicine and hospice/palliative care physician. Andrea is a priest at BZC. Like Guy, she is an internist working in geriatrics and hospice/palliative care. We both, perhaps like you, have been tangling with the questions posed by this course in our medical practices and our personal lives.
20s and 30s DHARMA GROUP
Sojun Roshi invites students in their 20' and 30's to join him, usually once a month, for a short period of zazen and open discussion about Zen, Buddhism, meditation, and/or your own practice. We may also discuss selected Buddhist texts. Meetings start at 11:30 am in the zendo on Saturdays following the morning schedule and lecture. People new to BZC are welcome along with continuing students.
Coming dates to be announced. For more information, email Ron Nestor at rnestor1 AT yahoo.com.