Practicing with Intention: Making a Difference in the World
led by Anshin Rosalie Curtis
May 5 - June 13, 2015 Commuter and residential options available
Right Intention is the second element of Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path, after Right View and before Right Speech and Right Action. Intention is the crucial link between our view of reality and our activity in the world. Our activity changes the world, our lives and the lives of everyone around us.
When our intention is aligned with our inmost request, it naturally becomes a vow to benefit all beings. We live from that vow, which is our creative wish for wisdom and compassion to manifest in the world. Otherwise we just live out our karma, both individual and collective. With each other’s support, we will explore how to bring our deepest intention into our activity in a way that nourishes all existence.
Everyone is welcome, and our study and practice will be appropriate for people with various lifestyles and at all levels of practice.
The practice period begins with arrival of new residents on Monday, May 4, and an opening ceremony at 6:30 am on Tuesday, May 5. A one-day sitting
occurs on Saturday, May 9, and the practice period concludes with a three-day sesshin
, June 11-13. Select one of two versions of the application below: commuter or residential. Pay your commuter fee or residential application fee through the button near the bottom of this page. Commuter Participation (Non-residential)
Commuting participants join the practice period at a level of commitment that is appropriate to their circumstances.
Commuter Fee: $75 plus additional fees for sittings, classes, sesshins, workshops and events, as indicated. Use the Register Online button near the bottom of this page (available soon) or include payment with your application, or call our toll free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362).
Residential practice period participants join the full practice period schedule, or a limited schedule that includes everything except the daily work practice. Residential participants should plan to arrive by the early afternoon of May 4.
Download the Residential Practice Period Application [Word
]. You may also email the office (firstname.lastname@example.org
) to request one, or call 415.863.3136.
To process residential applications, a non-refundable fee of $30 is required. Use the Register Online button near the bottom of this page (available soon) or include payment with your application, or call our toll free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362).
Deadline for residential applications: Friday, April 3, 2015. Payment
Note: We will accept new residential participants in the practice period based on available housing. If you want to practice as a resident, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as residential space is limited, but before April 3.
Use the Register Online button to pay your commuter fee or residential application fee. Or call our toll free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362).
Anshin Rosalie Curtis
Anshin Rosalie Curtis came to Zen Center for the first time on January 2, 1982 for a Saturday Dharma talk. She has held various staff and officer positions and was Zen Center's graphic designer for 10 years in the 1990s. She completed her shuso training as a lay practitioner in 2004, was ordained as a priest a year later, and received dharma transmission from Michael Wenger in 2011. Currently she is the tanto, head of practice, at City Center.