Are You Awake? A Class about Koans with Abbess Fu Schroeder, Online 6/30 – 7/21

Date / Time
Jun 30, 2020 / 6:00pm - Jul 21, 2020 / 7:30pm
Event Type
Classes & Extended Courses

The Zoom link to participate in this event will be provided 24 hours prior to the start date. Please call 415-354-0360 if you have any questions.

Tuesday evening class

When the Buddha was asked by a traveler who noticed his unusual appearance, “What are you? Are you a god?” He  said, “No.” “Are you a water spirit?” He said, “No.” “Are you a demon?” “No.” “Are you a human being?” “No.” “Then what  are you?” The Buddha replied, “I am awake.”

For me, Zen is basically a response to this question; and to the historical inquiry that follows as each of us endeavors to discover what it means to be awake, and how we’ll know if and when we are. You are warmly invited to join me and other seekers for a 4-week conversation in which we will contemplate this core question of this human life, “Are You Awake?”

Before endeavoring to answer such a provocative inquiry, it’s helpful to know how “awakening” is understood in the Buddhist Tradition, both historically and presently. The outline of our conversation is as follows:

Week 1: Introduction: Koans as Zen storytelling

Week 2: “Does a Dog Have Buddha Nature?”

Week 3: “A person of the way does not ignore cause and effect.”

Week 4: “Are you awake?”

Fee Information
  • General $90
  • Current SFZC member $81
  • Limited income $63

To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the application form.


Registration Information

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