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Establishing the Path of Practice 2010

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Ryushin Paul Haller (Urban Temple Dharma Teacher)
Kiku Christina Lehnherr (Senior Dharma Teacher)
One-Year Non-Residential Training Program
with Abbot Ryushin Paul Haller and Kiku Christina Lehnherr

Begins: Saturday, May 22, 2010
11 am - 5 pm

This one-year, experiential training program is intended to help participants develop a sustainable daily meditation practice and the fundamental skills of mindfulness and body awareness that support bringing practice to everyday activities and relationships. The training extends throughout one year. Some experience in meditation would help but is not essential. We will use the modalities of sitting meditation, guided meditation, yoga, sensing, mindfulness activities, inquiry, exploration of themes in diads, triads and smaller peer groups, etc. to enable us to apply the principles and practices of Zen to our daily lives in the marketplace.

There will be three parts to the course:

First Trimester:   

Establishing the fundamentals of sitting practice, cultivating awareness of physical, mental, and emotional experiences, and the ability to bring mindfulness to daily activities. These will be continued throughout all three trimesters.

Second Trimester:  

Exploring intra- and interpersonal habits of thoughts, feelings, actions and re-actions that arise in everyday situations and learning ways to practice with them.

Third Trimester:

Discovering how the insights we are gaining through practice can be expressed and embodied in all aspects of our lives and how the cultivation and practice of intention can support this.

Participation requires a commitment to the following:

  • Daily sitting at home (15-30 minutes) or at Zen Center
  • Daily body and mindfulness practices
  • Attendance at the scheduled twice-monthly EPP all-participants meetings (Saturdays and Thursdays, see dates and times below)
  • Attendance at the twice-monthly peer support group meetings  (1½ hour meetings, days and dates will be determined by the participants)
  • Monthly written reflections

Fees per trimester: $300 regular; $270 current members; $240 limited income. Fees include a $30 non-refundable processing fee. Participants sign up for each trimester separately. Scholarships are available; please see below.

Registration: Please download the registration form in PDF or Word format, or pick one up at the City Center front office. Mail the completed form to:

San Francisco Zen Center
Attn: EPP 2010 Registration
300 Page Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Registration deadline: Monday, May 10, 2010.

Please submit full tuition payment for the first trimester with your registration to secure your space in the program.

For further questions and information, contact Abbot Ryushin Paul Haller through his assistant via email or Kiku Christina Lehnherr via email.

For scholarship information, please contact City Center Director Jisan Anna Thorn via email.

1. TRIMESTER  (4 Saturdays, 3 Thursdays)
May 22 Saturday, 11am – 5pm
June   3 Thursday, 7:15 9pm 
  12 Saturday, 1:30 – 5pm
July   1 Thursday,  7:15 – 9pm

17 Saturday, 1:30 – 5pm
  29 Thursday, 7:15 – 9pm
August 14 Saturday, 9am – 5pm
2. TRIMESTER (4 Saturdays, 2 Thursdays, 1 Monday)
18 Saturday,
11am – 5pm
  30 Thursday, 7:15 – 9pm
October 16 Saturday,  1:30 – 5pm

28 Thursday, 7:15 – 9pm
November 13 Saturday, 1:30 – 5pm
  22 Monday, 7:15 – 9pm
December 11 Saturday, 9am – 5pm
3. TRIMESTER (4 Saturdays, 3 Thursdays)
January 15 Saturday, 11am – 5pm

27 Thursday,   7:15 – 9pm
February 12 Saturday,  1:30 – 5pm
  24 Thursday, 7:15 – 9pm
March 12 Saturday, 1:30 – 5pm

24 Thursday, 7:15 – 9pm
April   9 Saturday,  9am – 5pm

Related Bio(s):

Ryushin Paul Haller (Urban Temple Dharma Teacher)
Ryushin Paul Haller is a dharma heir of Sojun Mel Weitsman and has taught at Zen Center for over 20 years. He served as abiding abbot at City Center from 2003 to 2012, and remains at City Center as urban temple dharma teacher. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, he teaches throughout the US and Europe and has led mindfulness programs to assist with depression and recovery. Paul has also taught in prisons and has a long involvement with the Zen Hospice Project. He has been practicing yoga for 25 years.

Kiku Christina Lehnherr (Senior Dharma Teacher)
Kiku Christina Lehnherr served as City Center abbess from 2012 to 2014. She has degrees in physical therapy and clinical psychology, and practiced both in Switzerland. A student of Tenshin Reb Anderson, she was ordained as a priest in 1993, and received dharma transmission in 2005. From 2003 to 2006 she served as head of practice (tanto) at City Center. Currently Christina lives in Marin, where she continues to support sitting groups and students as a non-residential teacher, as she did between 2006 and 2012.