An applied course on the Bodhisattva practice of opening the heart to the suffering of all beings
Tuesdays, October 29 - December, 6:45pm - 8:00pm
With Rev. Mako Voelkel
Cost: $40 for members, $50 for non-members
As with all our offerings, financial assistance is available.
The tender-hearted capacity to care for and love others resides in each one of us. However, too often we can become overwhelmed in the face of suffering (our own as well as others’) and our naturally soft and open heart can harden and shut down. Insensitivity, reactivity, fear, hopelessness, and anger can arise and diminish our ability to be with the suffering we encounter. How can we bring a more kindhearted attitude and compassionate presence to ourselves and others and to the situations we encounter in the world? In this five week introductory course we will explore our Bodhisattva vow to liberate all beings from suffering: both by examining possible barriers and pitfalls to true compassion and by employing basic practices to increase our heart’s own capacity for realizing our innate empathy and interconnectedness. An ongoing sitting practice is highly recommended.
Rev. Unzan Doshin, Mako Voelkel has been practicing at the San Francisco Zen Center since 1998. In 2002, she ended a teaching position in Philosophy at the City College of San Francisco to become a full-time resident at the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. Ordained as a Soto Zen priest in 2004, and a Practice Leader since 2009, she has recently been installed as one of Austin Zen Center’s two new Heads of Practice (Tanto).
Ongoing Educational Opportunities
Wednesday Night Book Group
Wedneday evenings, 7pm-8:30pm
This group studies various Buddhist books in a warm, fun and contemplative atmosphere. You need not have read the book beforehand. No cost for this group, but any donations are gratefully accepted.
Next Step Meditation Instruction
Next Step is for people who have attended a Beginner's Instruction class, and who are interested in bringing what they have learned to the zendo. Next Step is an hour and a half class where we will go over the forms and ceremonies in Soto Zen. We'll have a refresher of meditation instruction and will touch on things like how to move around in the zendo, bowing, chanting, and service. We'll also cover kinhin (walking meditation) as well. There will be time for questions and answers. We will meet in the main building (3014 Washington Square). There is no charge for the class, though a $5 donation is gratefully received. To register or for further information please call the office at 512-452-5777
Graham Ross, November 16, 2013,
Yun Yan's Great Compassion
Interested in either starting or deepening your Zen practice in a residential setting with others? Our Guest Practice program is a short term opportunity (one to four weeks) that includes meditation, study, work practice and discussions with other practitioners about Zen Buddhism.
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