The Levity of Pause: Clowning and Zen, Remedies for Pandemic Relief, Online 3/17 - 4/21

Practice Center
Date / Time
Mar 17, 2021 / 5:00pm - Apr 21, 2021 / 6:30pm
Event Type
Classes & Extended Courses

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

Six Wednesdays, 5 – 6:30 pm PT

The ancient literature of Zen points out again and again that the pivotal moment in practice is the one in which expectation and self-narration run up against reality and a gap or disjunction appears. In that moment, there’s a choice to double down, thereby missing the boat, or to do something fresh, unexpected, and appropriate. The question is, what mind most readily meets that moment and chooses freedom?

We’ll be exploring this question by juxtaposing Zen and Contrarian clown perspectives in the form of a series of exercises designed to bring lightness, humor, and a kind of agility to everyday activity, as well as engagement in zazen and a series of short talks. We will explore how, especially in this year, when the radically unexpected has become commonplace, we can live comfortably and skillfully with emotions and thoughts that arise.

Fee Information
  • General: $180
  • Current SFZC member: $162
  • Limited income: $108

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