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Opening the Literary Heart: Shakespeare's Sonnets, GGF 3/29

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Lisa Myobun Freinkel
Yo-on Jeremy Levie
Interview: A Poet of Suchness: Professor Lisa Myobun Freinkel Introduces Shakespeare
with Lisa Myobun Freinkel and Yo-On Jeremy Levie
in the zendo at Green Gulch Farm

Saturday, March 29, 2014
9 am - 5 pm

We will spend the day immersing ourselves in the beauty and rhythm of Shakespeare’s celebrated love poems: his sonnets. The core themes of these brief poems speak straight to the truth of the heart. We will plumb their depths, navigating the wisdom (and delusion) they offer regarding suffering, impermanence, compassion and communion.

Our day will include zazen; discussion of the poems and of the dharma that arises from their core themes; body and breath work with Shakespeare’s language; and, finally, an opportunity to craft and share our own sonnets of the heart. No prior knowledge of Shakespeare is required; the instructors—an award-winning Shakespeare professor and meditation teacher, along with Green Gulch Farm resident Zen priest Yo-On Jeremy Levie—will provide the necessary background.

Fees: $85; $76 current SFZC members; $68 limited income. Fee includes lunch. Some partial scholarships available (About Registration, Scholarships and Cancellations.)

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Lisa Myobun Freinkel
Lisa Myobun Freinkel received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, where she completed a dissertation with Stephen Greenblatt on Renaissance literature. She received her lay ordination as a Zen Buddhist at Butsugenji Temple in Eugene, Oregon. An award-winning teacher and scholar, Freinkel is also a volunteer medical chaplain and a meditation instructor in university, prison and hospital environments. She teaches English and Comparative Literature at the University of Oregon where she also serves as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies.

Yo-on Jeremy Levie
Yo-on Jeremy Levie currently serves as Head of Practice (Tanto) at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center. Having begun Zen practice in 1994, he has practiced in residence at each of San Francisco Zen Center’s three temples over the last 18 years. He was ordained by Eijun Linda Cutts in 2005, was Shuso in 2009, and has served on the SFZC Board of Directors.