Mountains and Koans (class), CC 10/8 – 11/26
First there is a mountain, then there is no mountain, then there is.
First we’re caught up in the stuff of life, then with Zen training we drop it, then we pick it up again with the insight our dramas are not the whole story—that is, it’s possible to relate to life’s challenges as a teaching on how to be more fully alive rather than a struggling with regret and anxiety.
Learning how to not be constantly stuck in the dramas of our life and letting them drop away, if even just for a moment, creates the space and ability to see what’s going on and to discover how to relate to the very same dramas in a new way that has skillfulness rather than stress and struggle. Less agitation and more equanimity.
In Zen training bringing awareness to body, breath, and mind creates the capacity to see our habitual patterns of behavior and begin to drop them. In the dropping we can see the world in a new way—less as the product of our desires and concerns and more as the ever unfolding manifestation of life. Each of us is part of that unfolding and at the same time uniquely expressing our individuality. As we realize this truth, we can start to bring an intentional response to what life presents.
This class will refer to classic Zen texts to present the basics of Zen training of body, breath, and mind and how the aware connectedness they promote can support an insightful investigation. One that helps us to clearly see our personal experience and realize how it co-exists with the experience of others and all life. This ongoing discovery is, in Zen language, the “Koan of Being Alive” (Genjo Koan).
Fees: $160; $144 current SFZC members; $96 limited income. Some partial scholarships available.
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