Bringing Zen Rituals Home: Form in Everyday Practice (class), 5/7 – 6/4

with Marcia Lieberman
Four Mondays, May 7 – June 4, 7:30 – 9 pm (no class May 28)
In the Art Lounge

Ceremony and ritual are like a trellis for forms of the Buddha way to bloom and proliferate. Rituals share many characteristics with poetry, theater, and dance in evoking emotions, intuition and new perspectives. Because rituals touch more aspects of our mind and heart than simple prose and didactic explanations, rituals, like the arts, can enrich our lives and engage the full range of our being. There are many rituals that can abide in our homes.

Each week we will study a particular form and historic ritual that can be introduced to our home environment to help support our practice. Classes will include lecture on history and meaning, discussion, visual and auditory materials, and creation of some element of the ritual. Our tentative weekly explorations will be:

  • Understanding and creating a home altar
  • Host and guest—rituals that can take place in our home, e.g. eating, tea, serving, bowing
  • Creating a sacred space
  • Chanting and working with gathas

Open to beginners and experienced practitioners alike.

Fees: $80; $72 current SFZC members; $48 limited income. Some partial scholarships available.

To Register: Please call the City Center main office at 415.863.3136 or the SFZC Reservations Office at 888.743.9362 or 415.475.9362. Or fill out this online form to have the Reservations Office contact you by phone or email to assist your registration.

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