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Exploring the Breath in Zazen, CC 6/29/13

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Issho Fujita
Saturday, June 29, 2013
1 pm - 4:30 pm
Buddha Hall at 300 Page Street
with Issho Fujita

Breath from the nose is stealthily spreading all over the body.

This short sentence is the only description of the breath during zazen by Dogen Zenji in Fukanzazengi (Universal Promotion of the Principles of Zazen). How can we embody it through zazen practice? It would be a mistake to take a “how-to” approach to realize this kind of breath. It is not a matter of adding anything special to the breath, of mastering a new breathing technique, or of trying to improve the breath. It is to discover the naturalness of our breath.

In this workshop, through lecture and various exercises, we will explore the world of breath in zazen and understand the depth of zazen from the viewpoint of the breath.

Attendees from a previous workshop describe Issho's style:
  • "Issho's depth of experience is accompanied by an engaging combination of wisdom, warmth, humor and enthusiasm for the practice of sitting."
  • "He has an amazing ability to teach zazen as a physical opening, as the balance and unity of all our senses."

Fees:
$40; $36 current SFZC members; $32 limited income. Cookies and tea are included. Some scholarships are available; see About Registration, Scholarships, and Cancellations. No one turned away for lack of funds.

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Issho Fujita
Issho Fujita was born in Japan in 1954. He studied developmental/clinical psychology at Tokyo University. When he was a PhD student, at the age of 27, he attended a week-long Zen sesshin at Enkaku-ji, a traditional Rinzai monastery in Kamakura. Eventually he dropped out of graduate school to study Zen full time and entered Antai-ji, a Soto Zen monastery. In 2010, he was assigned to be Director of Soto Zen Buddhism International Center in San Francisco. Issho is interested in inventing new and fun ways to articulate the depth of the simple practice of shikantaza (just sitting).