Buddhist Studies Weekend Retreat with Koji Acquaviva Dreher

Mako Voelkel

January 27, 2018 – January 28, 2018 all-day
Austin Zen Center
3014 Washington Square

Buddhist Studies Weekend Retreat

with Rev. Koji Acquaviva Dreher

Saturday, Jan 27: Informal Zazen from 8-10am;
Class time: 10:15-12pm, <lunch break>, 1:30-4:30pm

Sunday, Jan 28: Informal Zazen from 8-10am;
Class time: 10:15-12pm, <lunch break>, 1:30-4:30pm

There is a saying the the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, “Meditation without study is like scaling a rock face with your fists closed.”

While this may seem like it’s on the opposite end of the spectrum from what seems to be valued in the Soto Zen tradition, when we look at proponents of “just sitting” such as Dogen Zenji and Sawaki Kodo, they were both very well versed in Buddhist philosophical texts. It only makes sense that if everything is interdependent, the intellect can play a role in our awakening. Our spiritual ancestors left us many teachings to illuminate the path for us. This retreat is meant as a primer for further study and as a support to your meditation practice. If you’ve ever felt like you don’t know where to begin in Buddhist studies or if you don’t know what the real point of this practice is, join us and we will clarify the Way together.

In this two day study retreat Koji will give and overview and chronology of Buddhist philosophical traditions and their concepts.

Students will leave with a much more comprehensive understanding of:
* Zen & Buddhist history,
* Key figures & watershed moments
* The Four Noble Truths,
* Karma & Co-dependent origination,
* The psychology of the Mind-Only school
* Madhyamika and the Two Truths doctrine
* Various meditation methods including purification, visualization, and recitation.

Cost: $120 members/$150 non-members

Koji Acquaviva Dreher is a Soto Zen priest and student of Vedanta and Tibetan Buddhism. He has served as resident teacher of both Mid City Zen in New Orleans and the Austin Zen Center. His primary interest is encouraging students of Zen to feel empowered to develop their own syncretic practice paths, availing themselves to whatever methods they feel are potent. He currently lives in a hermitage in the Santa Cruz mountains.

To register: call the AZC office 512-452-5777, use sign-up sheet in the AZC foyer, or sign-up on the AZC website [HERE]

Payment by Tuesday, January 23rd is requested to save your space as a participant.

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.