Awakened Women: A Koan Study Group, Online 9/26, 10/24, 11/21

Practice Center
Date / Time
Sep 26, 2020 / 2:00pm - Nov 21, 2020 / 4:00pm
Event Type
Classes & Extended Courses

This class will be offered online. The Zoom link will be provided at least 24 hours before the class begins. Please call 415-354-0360 if you have any questions.

Three Saturdays, 2 – 4 pm PT

This 3-class, monthly study group will explore how koans (stories of awakening) can be a mirror into our lives and practice, helping us to access the deep wisdom of women practitioners going back to the time of the Buddha. In each meeting, we will take up a story from The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women and with courage, curiosity, and the support of the group find its reflection and relevance in our modern lives.

Each month a koan will be emailed in advance of the meeting. During our time together we will be reading, reflecting, writing, and sharing our responses. Be sure to bring something to write with.

This study group is open to people of all gender identities and expressions. Experience with koans is not a prerequisite.

Zenshin Florence Caplow is a co-editor of The Hidden Lamp and Ikushin Dana Velden is a contributor. They met without words during a five-day silent sitting at the beginning of their first Tassajara Practice Period in 1998, but they have been talking nonstop ever since. Come join their conversation!

  • The September koan is "The Old Woman's Relatives" with commentary by Zenshin Florence Caplow
  • The October koan is "Zhaozhou's Deeply Secret Mind" with commentary by Ikushin Dana Velden
  • The November koan is "The Zen Mirror of Tokeiji" with commentary by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, who will be joining the group for the second half of the meeting.
Fee Information

$150; $135 current SFZC members; $90 limited income.

Pay what you can, no one turned away for lack of funds. Please register below.

Registration Information

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Or call 415-354-0360.