Zazenkai, CC

With Urban Temple Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller
in the zendo at City Center

Fridays Fall 2019:
October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22
9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Zazen is the practice of sitting with awareness and experiencing whatever arises. Throughout the history of Zen, the practice of zazen has been considered the primary agent of awakening. As Dogen Zenji declared, before bowing, offering incense or chanting Buddha’s name, the practice of zazen reveals and expresses awakening. With this in mind, zazenkai is a period of time dedicated to zazen with minimal traditional formalities.

These sittings are suitable for both beginners and experienced sitters. There will be instruction in the details of posture, breath and establishing the mental disposition of experiencing whatever arises. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions about one's practice.

The sitting will start at 9:30 am and end at 12:30 pm. There will be scheduled periods of sitting and walking, with the option of continuing to sit through the walking meditation if desired.

Prior Instruction: Although general instruction for meditation is included in these events, it is recommended that participants attend public Zazen Meditation Instruction beforehand, which is available any Saturday at 8:40 am at 300 Page Street.

Fees: The suggested donation to cover costs is $10.

Note: $10 covers San Francisco Zen Center’s basic expenses in hosting the retreat, and for this offering in particular, we are relying on the additional generosity of the practitioners for support to continue this teaching and facilitate future zazenkais. There will be a donation box on site if you would like to donate. No one turned away for lack of funds.

To Register: Pre-registration is not necessary.

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