Meditation Posture Fridays: Yoga Practices for Sitters™

With Shosan Victoria Austin
in the City Center Buddha Hall

4 pm – 5:30 pm
Followed by evening zazen in the zendo, 5:40 pm – 6:20 pm

2017 Fridays:

Jan 6 Jun 16
Feb 3 Jul 7
Mar 10 Sept 8
Apr 14 Oct 13
May 12 Nov 17

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 10-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.

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.