with Shosan Victoria Austin
May 31, June 28, September 27, October 18, November 22
4 - 5:30 pm
300 Page Street Buddha Hall Followed by evening zazen in the zendo with posture adjustments, 5:40 - 6:20 pm
In the early 1980s, Shosan asked a Zen master, “I have been sitting for over 10 years, and my feet still fall asleep in zazen (seated meditation). What am I doing wrong?” He replied, “The first 10 years are the hardest.”
The posture we take affects everything about meditation from its ease or difficulty to the thinking process; there are infinite ways to study it. This 9-session series is offered to provide a guided apprenticeship in the yoga of meditation.
Once a month, we will gather on Friday afternoon for an asana class that addresses a specific postural, physiological, or mental aspect of meditation practice. After a Q&A session, everyone is invited to sit a period of zazen meditation, with manual adjustments offered by the teacher.
Participants should bring an empty stomach, curiosity, and wear loose, comfortable dark-colored clothes. Students of all ages and physical abilities are welcome. Fee:
Suggested minimum donation $15 per session, to be made at each class session. Please give generously to support San Francisco Zen Center’s programs. Registration not required.
Shosan Victoria Austin
Shosan Victoria Austin began practicing both Zen and yoga in 1971. In the Soto Zen tradition, she is entrusted as a Dharma heir in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki, an international priest of the Soto School, and a Dharma teacher at San Francisco Zen Center. She trained in the U.S., in India, and in Japan. In the Iyengar tradition, she is certified as an Intermediate teacher.