Creating Space (class), GGF 8/21 – 9/25

With MyoE Doris Harder and Hakusho Ostlund
  Five Mondays, August 21 – September 25, 7:30 – 8:45 pm (not meeting on September 4)

Human cultures all around the world and throughout time have been and continue to practice and transmit rituals. What is the purpose of these ceremonies? What makes a ritual a ritual?

In our modern scientific life, ritual is often considered as something backwards, superstitious, imposing. While Zen practice has at times been portrayed as a direct approach that cuts through religious superstition, a close look reveals a spiritual tradition that places great emphasis on a vast array of intricately ritualized practices.

In this class we will explore how our Green Gulch practice life unfolds in the space (and at times apparent dissonance) that’s created when a 2,500-year-old spiritual tradition, carried through our particular Soto Zen lineage, emerges in our scientific age and dominant culture with its emphasis on the rational, individual, and objective. What is it that is being passed down to us? How do we relate to these practices? We will consider how we may use our intentions to frame aspects our lives, and explore the creation of ritual space.

Fees: $100; $90 current SFZC members; $60 limited income. Some partial scholarships available.

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