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Classes & Extended Courses

Fees vary based on number of class meetings, but the basic fee is $20 per class meeting, with a reduced fee for members and those with limited income.

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As It Is: Direct Experience as a Field of Blessings (Class), CC 5/19 - 6/16
with Shosan Victoria Austin and Shinki Mark Lancaster
Four Mondays: May 19 and June 2, 9 and 16, 2014
7:30 - 9 pm

How can we learn to live in response to our direct experience of ourselves and the world, rather than in habitual reaction to preconditioned, fixed views?

Living with the Tenzokyokun (Class), CC 5/19 - 6/16
with Shundo David Haye
Four Mondays: May 19 and June 2, 9 and 16, 2014
7:30 - 9 pm

How does a book written for the head cook at a 13th century Japanese monastery have relevance to our lives today?

Being Alive with Our Many States of Bodymind: Seven Zen Practices for Living in Wonder (Class), CC 5/20 - 6/17
with Hobu Beata Chapman
Five Tuesdays: May 20 - June 17, 2014
7:30 - 9 pm

In this class we will explore in depth seven Zen practices for continually opening to wonder in joyous and difficult states of bodymind.

Yoga to Go In (Class), CC 5/21 - 6/18
with Shosan Victoria Austin
in the Conference Center at 308 Page Street
Five Wednesdays: May 21 - June 18, 2014
7:30 am - 8:20 am

When the fluctuations of the mind settle down, one's own body becomes the seat of direct experience leading to awakening.

Suzuki Roshi's Lectures (Class), CC 5/22 - 6/12
with Rinso Ed Sattizahn
Four Thursdays, May 22 - June 12, 2014
7:30 - 9 pm

In this class series, we will study selections from Not Always So and unpublished lectures of Suzuki Roshi that exemplify his teaching. Not Always So is framed in Suzuki Roshi's own inimitable, allusive, paradoxical style. We will engage one another in a rich discussion of his often-unexpected insights.

The Heart Sutra, An Introduction (Class), CC 5/22 - 6/12
with Kyoshin Wendy Lewis
Four Thursdays, May 22 - June 12, 2014
7:30 - 9 pm

The Heart Sutra, chanted daily in Zen Center’s three locations, is a Mahayana wisdom (prajnaparamita) teaching dating from about the 5th century CE.

Zen Ritual: A Practitioner’s Perspective on the Expressions of Forms (Class), CC 6/24 - 7/22
with Konin Melissa Cardenas
Five Tuesdays: June 24 - July 22
7:30 - 8:50 pm

Zen practice is grounded in the embodied experience of the present moment as it is. Yet the tradition of Zen has embraced a variety of forms of ritualized expression. What is the meaning of this?

What Buddha Taught (Class), CC 8/4-25
with Anshin Rosalie Curtis
Four Mondays: August 4 - 25, 2014
7:30 - 9 pm

Join us to learn the basics of Buddha’s teaching.

Now What? How to Be (and Stay) a Beginner (Class), CC 8/5 - 9/9
with Zachary Smith
Six Tuesdays: August 5 - September 9, 2014
7:30 - 9 pm

Suzuki Roshi famously claimed that the difficult part of Zen practice was not sitting, or even enlightenment. Instead, he suggests that it is the way we entangle and hinder ourselves with ideas and expectations.

Establishing the Path of Practice
One-Year Non-Residential Training Program

with Ryushin Paul Haller and other Zen teachers

This one-year, experiential training program is designed to help participants develop a sustainable daily meditation practice and mindfulness of body, mind and emotions during everyday activities and relationships.

Contemplative Caregiver Course 2014
January 31 - December 6, 2014

A yearlong certificate training program in contemplative practices and care methods, offered in collaboration with Beyond Measure School for Contemplative Care, founded by Jennifer Block.