Why the Body is Essential in Responding to Stress with Resilience and Healing Trauma (class), Online 11/10 - 12/8

Practice Center
Date / Time
Nov 10, 2020 / 5:00pm - Dec 8, 2020 / 6:30pm
Event Type
Classes & Extended Courses

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

Five Tuesdays, 5 – 6:30 pm PT

Registration is extended through Sunday, November 15.

At the core of Buddhist practice is an investigation into the roots of suffering. As we deal with the increasing stress and divisiveness surrounding the US presidential election, the ongoing pandemic is exposing deep economic inequities and persistent racial oppression which have woven trauma into our history since the inception of the US. Trauma is held within the body and is often unconscious, making us reactive and unable to effectively address it. Part of our Buddhist training is learning to respond and not simply react. Responding to our individual and collective stress and trauma requires certain skill sets, which are offered in this course.

While our essence, sometimes called Buddha-nature, cannot be harmed, our conditioning can often make it difficult to access. Learning to become aware of stress and responses rooted in individual and collective trauma can strengthen our capacity to uncover the inexpressible, indescribable, and inconceivable. It also supports us in working more skillfully for the benefit of all sentient beings.

In this 5-week class series, you will engage your body, speech, and mind to increase resilience, reduce stress, and begin the healing journey of working with trauma.

Class Outcomes

We will:

  • Come to understand more deeply the importance of the body in healing trauma and managing stress.
  • Learn to use tools in an embodied way to move from reactivity to deep insight.
  • Explore how to work with our own unconscious racism or the unconscious racism of others.
  • Develop core competencies for recognizing, experiencing, and shifting our patterns of responding to stress and trauma.
  • Engage in interactive exercises to develop alternative approaches to responding to stressful circumstances and caring more skillfully for ourselves, our families, communities, and organizations.

The content of this class series is highly experiential and live participation is expected.

Racial affinity groups will be part of this class-series.

No experience in Buddhism is necessary.

Given that the SFZC community is predominantly white, we invite you to share this event with any of your Black, Indigenous, and people of color friends and colleagues to support them in cultivating stronger pathways to healing and resilience.

Fee Information
  • General: $140
  • Current SFZC member: $126
  • Limited income: $84

No one turned away for lack of funds. We ask that you step into your heart and give what you are able to offer financially to support the teachers and San Francisco Zen Center.

Registration Information

Register Online

Registration is extended through Sunday, November 15.

Or call 415-354-0360.