Workshop with Zenki Dillo: Bodyfulness and the Practice of Compassion

  • Teacher:  Zenki Dillo
  • Date/Time:  Friday, August 26th from 6-8pm
  • Location:  AZC 
  • Program Fees:  $75 Members / $100 Non-members
Most people approach compassion as a virtue, as something a good person should have. And many Buddhist practitioners see compassion as part of their spiritual self-improvement project. In this workshop, we will take a different approach. We will explore our human bodyminds as a “sphere of attention” that is in resonance—a constant felt dialogue—with objects and other people. Based on this understanding, we will ask how mindfulness (reframed as bodyfulness) can help us cultivate and refine the attentive and sensitive aliveness of the felt body—and how we can develop confidence in this aliveness as the source of compassionate action that flows in accord with circumstances and conditions.
This workshop draws from Zenki Christian Dillo’s exploration of bodyfulness and compassion in his recently published book The Path of Aliveness: A Contemporary Zen Approach to Awakening Body and Mind (Shambhala, May 2022).

Zenki Dillo Roshi is the Resident Teacher at Boulder Zen Center. He began his Zen practice in 1996 at the San Francisco Zen Center. For 20 years, he practiced monastically at the Crestone Mountain Zen Center. In 2013, he received dharma transmission from Zentatsu Baker Roshi.

Since then he has been Boulder Zen Center’s Guiding Teacher. In 2020, he moved to Boulder full-time, where he now lives with his wife, the light artist Sophia Dixon Dillo.

Zenki Roshi teaches Zen as a craft based on his understanding of Buddhism as a “transformative phenomenology”—an embodied investigation of human experience with the intention of realizing liberation from suffering, wisdom, and compassion.

He is currently developing a series of Practice Courses to actively support lay practitioners in their daily lives. This curriculum is aligned with his book The Path of Aliveness: A Contemporary Zen Approach to Awakening Body and Mind (Shambala, May 2022).

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