300 Page Street Buddha Hall Followed by evening zazen in the zendo with posture adjustments, 5:40 - 6:20 pm
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 series is offered to provide a guided apprenticeship in the yoga of meditation.
We will begin by exploring the 1700-year-old wisdom of East Asian calligraphy as we look at ancient Chinese masterpieces. Then we will engage the heart of the learning and creative process by faithfully copying selected ideographs in different styles.
Aversion to anxiety is often accompanied by reactivity and actions that worsen how we feel. We suffer. This workshop, taught from the perspectives of Zen and Mindfulness meditation practices, is supported by the latest neuroscience and psychological research.
The Taoist Yin form of Yoga is an effective way to still the mind and support the body for a longer and more comfortable sitting practice. Yin Yoga can be practiced by everyone, whether one is a yogi or not.
During this day together we will sit, talk and share the joys and difficulties of our maturing years. Although the gathering will be facilitated, the main teaching will come from each of us through our stories and experience.