Developing Kalyana Mitta, the Blessing of Spiritual Friendship
Saturday, August 2, 2014 1–5:00pm
$40.00 members & $50.00 non-members
With Rev. Unzan Mako Voelkel
Co-Head of Practice at Austin Zen Center
In this half-day workshop we will explore the joys and challenges of spiritual friendship through the lens of Dōgen Zenji’s Bodhisattva’s Four Methods of Spiritual Guidance: Giving, Kind Speech, Beneficial Action, and Non-exclusion. Whether in relationship to ourselves, our traditional friends and family, or to all of humanity, when we feel connected to and supported by our deepening intention to live for the benefit of all beings we discover the meaning and delight of true friendship. Through guided meditation, group discussion, and interactive exercises this workshop will support those who wish to delve deeper into Kalyana Mitta: spiritual friendship. Read more...
Practicing With Sexual Energy
Precepts, Power, and Presence
Honoring Sexuality with Upright Awareness
With Rev. Daigan Gaither and Rev. Unzan Mako Voelkel
Saturday, August 16th 1–5:00pm
$40.00 members & $60.00 non-members
What is it to be upright and awake in the midst of sexual energy? How do we not turn away from ourselves or our experience in the present moment? Using small group discussions, guided meditation, zazen, and open dialogue we will explore the Bodhisattva vow not to misuse sexual energy in the context of responsible sexual choices. How can we understand and relate to desire in healthy and respectful ways? Are we using our energies or being used by them? Join us as we explore what it means to practice while maintaining a healthy relationship to our sexuality. Read more...
Developing Trust in Your Life
6 Thursdays, July 3 – August 7, 2014
$15.00 per class for drop-ins
taught by Tanto, Graham Ross
How is it that we are born and that we die? How is it that our experiences from the past arise in the future? How is it that our habitual life is strengthened and how is it diminished? In this lecture series we will explore the many and varied understandings of these key concepts in Buddhism. This will be a fantastic exploration of critical Buddhist material that will delight, amaze, confuse and enlighten. Good for beginners as well as seasoned practitioners. Read more...
AZC Book Group
Every Wednesday 7:00 – 8:15 pm. | led by Dharma Teacher Glenn Noblin
Free (suggested 5.00 donation gratefully accepted)
All are invited to the Wednesday night book group! We are reading True Refuge, Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart by Tara Brach. We will be discussing the Chapter 4, "Three Gateways to Refuge”. We meet in the classroom (upstairs and to the right) from 7:00 – 8:15 pm. We meditate for fifteen minutes, then read a selection from the chapter and discuss it, and conclude with another fifteen minute meditation. Read more...