Spring 2020 Online Practice Period at City Center, CC 4/28 - 6/6

Practice Center
Date / Time
Apr 28, 2020 / 5:25am - Jun 6, 2020 / 6:00pm
Event Type
Practice Periods

A Bridge of 59 Stones

Led by Onryu Mary Stares
April 28 – June 6

Deadline for applications is April 29.

About the Spring 2020 Online Practice Period

How do we learn to open our hearts in a troubled world? When the suffering of others threatens to overwhelm us, how can we nurture compassion rather than shutting down? Which practices will help us take care of ourselves and those around us in the midst of life’s messiness?

There is a bridge that can take us from where we are to where we hope to be. That bridge is called bodhichitta or “awakened heart/mind.” In this six-week practice period we will focus on a buddhist treasure called Lojong (translated as Mind Training) to help guide us across that bridge. Through a series of 59 insightful and pithy slogans, Lojong trains us to stay with suffering—our own, as well as that of others—and transform that energy into compassion.

Through a series of talks, classes, discussion, memorization, and zazen we will together explore these rich teachings.

This Spring Practice Period is a chance to develop and deepen your practice together with others in a supportive environment and through activities including daily sitting, study, practice discussion with the teachers, and weekly sangha discussions. Weekly events include classes, ceremonies (as available online), dharma talks, and Thursday evening small groups with practice leaders. During the six weeks students will have the opportunity to meet individually with practice leaders.

As part of the practice period, Mary Stares will also teach an online four-week class, A Bridge of 59 Stones on Saturday mornings, 8:45 – 9:45 am, May 9 through May 30.

The following offerings will be available to online participants:

  • Zoom Dharma talks on Wednesdays and Saturdays which will be available to watch at any time.
  • Zoom video recordings of all Dharma talks.
  • Access to the recorded video of the practice period class, available for those unable to attend live.
  • Downloads of handouts, readings, and exercises.
  • The opportunity to interact in weekly small groups via Zoom video conference.*
  • Online zendo access to sit with others each morning Monday through Saturday and evenings Monday through Friday.
  • Interactive meetings with practice leaders and peers via video conference calls.
  • Discussion forum via the practice period website.

*Small group meetings are scheduled every Thursday, 7:30 – 8:45 pm, May 7 through May 28.

There will be two one-day sittings, on May 2 and June 6. The practice period concludes with a three-day sesshin, beginning the evening of Wednesday, June 3 and ending on Saturday, June 6. The one-day sittings and the sesshin are included in the registration fee.

Complete your online application here.

Fee Information

Online Participation Fee: $179 general; $161 current members; $143 limited income.

Deadline for online applications is April 29.

Access to the practice period website will be provided a week prior to the practice period.

Some partial scholarships are available; see below.

Registration Information

Online Practice Period Registration:

Register Online

or call our toll-free number 888.743.9362 or our local number 415.475.9362 to register and pay.

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