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The Attending Eye: A Photography and Poetry Workshop, CC 11/15

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Genine Lentine
Shundo David Haye
Article/Exercises — Through Lens or Language: The Art of the Attending Eye
with Genine Lentine and Shundo David Haye
in the Conference Center at 308 Page Street

Saturday, November 15, 2014
10 am - 5 pm

What do we see? How does what we see change as we regard it? How do we change in this encounter? Immerse yourself in a day of looking closely.

In this workshop, we will engage in different modes of attention, stimulating our receptivity and our agility of response. We'll sit zazen. We'll cultivate our close observation in a combination of writing and photography exercises. We’ll support each other’s work in an immersive, exploratory environment.

Can our openness allow us a fresh regard for what is right in front of us?

To take photographs means to recognize—simultaneously and within a fraction of a second—both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one's head, one's eye and one's heart on the same axis.

—Henri Cartier-Bresson

Hear how the mouth
so full
of longing for the world,
changes its shape?


—Mark Doty, “Difference”
Please bring:
  • a camera
  • plenty of fresh paper and a juicy pen
  • a ready mind
  • your lunch

Fees: $80; $72 current SFZC members; $64 limited income. Some partial scholarships available. No one turned away for lack of funds. (About Registration, Scholarships and Cancellations.)

For an additional $25 fee, students can arrange to meet with the instructor for an individual one-hour conference (to be scheduled by instructor and student).

To Register: Use the ticket table below. Or call our toll free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362).

Although online sales have ended, space is still available. Please call during business hours (9 am to 4 pm Friday only) or register onsite with cash or check.


About Registration, Scholarships and Cancellations


Related Bio(s):

Genine Lentine
Genine Lentine is the author of Poses: An Essay Drawn from the Model (Kelly’s Cove Press, 2012), Mr. Worthington's Beautiful Experiments on Splashes (New Michigan Press, 2010), and most recently, Found Dharma Talks (Missing Links Press, 2013). She is also co-author, with Stanley Kunitz and photographer Marnie Crawford Samuelson, of The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden. She received an MS in Theoretical Linguistics from Georgetown University and an MFA in Poetry from New York University. Recent work appears in The Baffler, Funk & Wag, and the PEN Poetry Series. She teaches privately and at San Francisco Art Institute. For more information see geninelentine.com.

Shundo David Haye
Shundo David Haye came from England to Zen Center to begin his practice in 2000. Since then he has lived at City Center and Tassajara, following the traditional monastic training path. He has served as work leader at Tassajara, tenzo (head of the kitchen) and ino (head of the meditation hall) at City Center, and currently holds the position of director at City Center. He was ordained as a priest in 2009 by Ryushin Paul Haller, and was head monk at Tassajara in the fall of 2012. He helps to run the Young Urban Zen group in the city, and loves to be outdoors, either on a bicycle or taking photographs.