August 10-17 - Great Sky Sesshin
Hokyoji Zen Practice Community in Eitzen, MN. Co-sponsored with Cedar Rapids Zen Center.
July 13 - Like the Grass Grows: A dharma talk by Ryushin Thach
Ryushin began a daily Vipassana practice in 1994. She began Zen practice at Berkeley Zen Center in 1999, and was lay ordained in 2000. She received priest ordination from Sojun Mel Weitsman in 2005 and was shuso in 2009. She has held most major temple positions at BZC, and has studied with Shohaku Okumura Roshi since 2000. In her spare time, she is an internist and hospice and palliative medicine physician, and is her dog's best friend.
Introduction to Zazen
Sundays at 8:20 am (except during two-day sittings)
Learn the basics of sitting and walking meditation as they are done in the Sôtô Zen tradition. There will also be plenty of opportunity to ask questions about practice and MZC.
Saturdays, 9:30-10:30 am
As we make our way through the book of the moment, participants take turns reading aloud and the group engages in discussion of the ideas and issues that arise. Attendees need not own or have read the book beforehand, and participate as their schedules permit.
Current book: Living by Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and Texts by Shohaku Okumura
Exploring eight of Zen’s most essential and universal liturgical texts, Living by Vow explores Zen’s rich tradition of chanted liturgy and the powerful ways that such chants support meditation, expressing and helping us truly uphold our heartfelt vows to live a life of freedom and compassion.