Embodied Practice – Dharma Talk & Workshop w/Daigan Gaither

Saturday July 13th, 1-4pm

Zen Master Dogen said, “To expound the Dharma with this body and mind is foremost”. How do we move what we learn on the cushion into our complex lives? What does it mean to embody our practice inside of liberation and healing? What is the relationship of embodiment to undoing patriarchy, white supremacy, homophobia, transphobia, ableism and other forms of oppression? How can embodiment help us meet our traumas both past and present? Are we using our energies or are they using us?

Using small group discussions, guided meditations, zazen, and open dialogue we will explore our practice in the context of our lived experience in this half-day workshop.

Workshop Fees: $75 members/$100 nonmembers*


* As always, AZC is committed to making the teachings available to everyone. To request financial assistance from our Scholarship Fund, or if you would like to donate to the Fund for others to be able to participate, please call Susan Hansen at 512-452-5777.

About Rev. Daigan Gaither: Rev. Daigan began Buddhist practice in 1995 in the Vipassana (Insight) tradition, and then began to study Zen in 2003 with Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi. He received Lay Ordination in 2006 where he was given the name Daigan or “Great Vow”, and received Priest Ordination in July 2011. Daigan speaks internationally on a variety of topics particularly around politics, gender, sexuality, social justice and their intersections with the Dharma. He also sits or has sat on a number of boards and committees that serve community needs and further social justice causes.

Daigan has a BA in Philosophy and Religion from San Francisco State University, and an MA in Buddhist Studies (with a chaplaincy certificate and a certificate in Soto Zen Buddhism) from the Graduate Theological Union and the Institute of Buddhist Studies. He identifies as a disabled, queer, white, cis male and uses he/him/they pronouns.