Tuesday Evening Study
Class is from 8-9pm, after zazen and a short break (you can arrive or leave any time). You are welcome to join our class series for free at any time, at any point in the series, and there is no need to register.
In frightening times, we wish the world could be otherwise. With a touch of imagination, it can be. Imagination helps us see what’s hidden, and it shape-shifts reality’s roiling twisting waves. In this inspiring reframe of a classic Buddhist teaching, Zen teacher Norman Fischer writes that the paramitas, or “six perfections”—generosity, ethical conduct, patience, joyful effort, meditation, and understanding—can help us reconfigure the world we live in. Ranging from our everyday concerns about relationships, ethics, and consumption to our artistic inspirations and broadest human yearnings, Fischer depicts imaginative spiritual practice as a necessary resource for our troubled times.
Purchasing the Book:
You can order a hard copy of the book online, or get an ebook or Audiobook version.
Upcoming Study Schedule
January 19th – Chapter Six: The Perfection of Meditation (Zen Meditation through end, pages 156-170)
January 26th – Chapter Seven: The Perfection of Understanding (Beginning through Zen and Emptiness Teaching, pages 171-186)
February 2nd – Chapter Seven: The Perfection of Understanding (Emptiness, Self-Reflection, and Humor through end, pages 186-199)
Foundational Buddhist Teachings: 8-Class Series
Our study of foundational Buddhist teachings will be based on episodes of Domyo’s Zen Studies podcast (available in audio and written form).
Basic content covered in the Zen Studies Podcast episodes will be reviewed in class, but then the main focus of class will be questions and discussion. This is your opportunity to explore foundational Buddhist and Zen teachings and then ask Domyo about them in person. There are no stupid questions!
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February 9th – Class One – Relating to Buddhist Teachings – Part 1: Their Abundance, Diversity & Authenticity and Part 2: Wrestling with the Teachings
February 16th – Domyo away – Student-led Discussion Evening
February 23rd – Class Two – Enlightenment – Shakyamuni Buddha’s Enlightenment: What Did He Realize? (Supplemental: The Experience of Enlightenment and Why It’s for All of Us)
March 2nd – Class Three – The Nature of Reality – The Three Marks and the Teaching of Not-Self (Anatta)
March 9th – Class Four – The Buddhist Path of Practice – The Four Noble Truths
March 16th – Class Five – Buddhist Meditation – The Four Foundations of Mindfulness and The Four Foundations of Mindfulness Practice and Similarities in Zen
March 23rd – Class Six – The Heart of Practice – The Four Brahmaviharas, or Sublime Social Attitudes – Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3
March 30th – Class Seven – Emptiness – The Heart Sutra Part 2 and The Emptiness of Self and Why It Matters
April 6th – Class Eight – Absolute and Relative – Dogen’s Genjokoan Part 2