“To study the buddha way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self.”
-Eihei Dogen, Genjokoan
Generally speaking, we’re caught up in the stuff of life. Then with Zen training we learn how to pause it. Then we pick up life’s issues again but with the insight our dramas are not the whole story. That is, to realize it’s possible to relate to life’s challenges as a teaching on how to be more fully alive.
Learning how to not be constantly struggling with the dramas of our life and instead creasing that struggle, if even just for a moment, helps create the space and ability to see more clearly what’s going on. Then we can learn how to relate to the very same dramas with skillfulness rather than stress :- less agitation and more equanimity.
Bringing awareness to body, breath and mind creates the capacity to see our habitual patterns of behavior and begin to drop them. In the dropping we can see the world in a new way— less as the product of our desires and concerns and more as the ever unfolding manifestation of life. Each of us is part of that unfolding and at the same time expressing our individuality. As we realize this truth, we can start to bring an intentional response to what life presents.
This workshop will present the basics of Zen training of body, breath and mind and how to learn from the awareness they promote. An awareness that helps us to see how our personal experience co-exists with the experience of others and all life. This ongoing discovery is, in Zen language, the “Koan of Being Alive” (Genjo Koan).
On Saturday July 14th Ryushin Paul Haller will be at the Austin Zen Center to give the Dharma Talk and a Workshop from 1:00- 5:00 p.m.
Program fees: $75 members/$90 nonmembers
About Ryushin Paul Haller: Senior Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller is a dharma heir of Sojun Mel Weitsman and has been teaching Zen Practice for over 30 years. He served as abiding abbot at San Francisco Zen Center – City Center from 2003 to 2012, and is currently the Urban Temple Dharma Teacher at City Center. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, he teaches throughout the US and Europe and has led mindfulness programs to assist with depression and recovery. Paul has also taught in prisons and has a long involvement with the Zen Hospice Project. He has been practicing yoga for 30 years. Founder and former director of outreach at SFZC, Paul is interested in finding ways of expressing our practice in society, both as compassionate service and making it available to as many people as possible.