Classes

 

What is a Good Life? Abbot Hozan in Dialogue with Shayk Yassir Chadly

On three Thursday evenings—September 21, 28 and October 5 at 7:15pm—Berkeley Zen Center is pleased to host Shaykh Yassir Chadly in dialogue with Hozan about “a good life” in our respective Sufi and Zen traditions. Please register at https://forms.gle/WTS5VK9PFNo9PeSz5 Yassir is a Sufi imam, born in Morocco, ministering to Bay Area Islamic communities for many years. … Continue reading What is a Good Life? Abbot Hozan in Dialogue with Shayk Yassir Chadly

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Many Communities, One Sangha – Sign Up Now

We are happy to invite all BZC members to participate in the next year of Many Communities, One Sangha, including those who have already taken part in the first session and would like to continue.  The program is offered in hybrid form (both online and in person).  There is a fee of $150 for new … Continue reading Many Communities, One Sangha – Sign Up Now

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Upcoming Class on Pali Suttas

“Enlightenment Stories from the Pali Canon,” taught by Laurie Senauke, will be offered on 3 Monday nights in August (8/7, 8/14, and 8/21) in the online zendo (only), from 7:15 to 8:45 pm.  Here’s the link to sign up. https://forms.gle/zZ9rT5eZ7U7a7TVw8 The Pali Suttas are considered the earliest teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, memorized by the monks and … Continue reading Upcoming Class on Pali Suttas

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Many Communities, One Sangha: Community-of-Practice Program

“Many Communities, One Sangha: Exploring the Realities of Equity and Inclusion” is a curriculum which guides an inquiry for us, in small groups, to articulate our values and explore our desires and ways to implement the goals we determine together. It is not a top-down training, but rather a grassroots program designed to help us … Continue reading Many Communities, One Sangha: Community-of-Practice Program

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Coming-of-Age Program

We are excited to have your child join us for the 2022-2023 Coming of Age program this year. I have included the schedule below to remind you of our meeting dates. Please reserve the final retreat date during which we hope you and your child will be able to participate. Initial Orientation – Sunday September … Continue reading Coming-of-Age Program

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New Koan Class 3/17 – 4/7

Ellen Webb, Ryushin Andrea Thach, and Ron Nestor will present three koans from Thomas Cleary’s translation of The Book of Serenity. This collection of 100 koans or cases is the koan collection most associated with our Soto lineage.We’re aiming for interactive class discussions of these three provocative cases, which can be understood from different points of emphasis. We’ll supply a … Continue reading New Koan Class 3/17 – 4/7

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Class on the Three Doors of Liberation

Abbot Hozan will offer a four-session online study on this classic teaching—the Three Doors of Liberation—on Thursday evenings, 7:15 to 8:45, January 13 through February 3, in the Online Zendo. Zen Master Yoka Genkaku’s Shodoka/Song of Enlightenment begins with this verse: There is the leisurely one, Walking the Way, beyond philosophy, Not avoiding fantasy, not … Continue reading Class on the Three Doors of Liberation

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Buddhist Women Ancestors Guiding the Way

If you really want to cry for somebody, why not cry for yourself? Why not cry for all of us — who are just passing through. Fall on your knees and weep. Get it all out. Now get up. You’ve got work to do. From The First Free Women, Poems of the Early Buddhist Nuns … Continue reading Buddhist Women Ancestors Guiding the Way

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The Subtle & Poetic Teaching of Tung-shan

Two Mondays—August 24 and 31, from 7 to 8:15pm Ross Blum will present a two-session class on this 9th century Chinese Zen teacher from whom our Soto School derives its name. At our first meeting we’ll study a selection of stories compiled in The Record of Tung-shan translated by William Powell. In our second class we’ll … Continue reading The Subtle & Poetic Teaching of Tung-shan

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