Sun, 03 Mar|
Zen Practicum/Full Day of Practice - “Beginning Anew”
Join us for our first Day of Practice in 2024 - a fresh opportunity to re-gather as a sangha and share the warmth of a companionable commitment to the Way.
time & place
03 Mar 2024, 9:45 am – 4:00 pm AEDT
Join us for our first Day of Practice in 2024 - a fresh opportunity to re-gather as a sangha and share the warmth of a companionable commitment to the Way. In Zen we are always beginning anew, always waking up together with all beings. So here’s the chance to rouse your bodhicitta (spirit of awakening) and put your Zen practice on a clear, firm footing for the year ahead.
The day is one of renewed inquiry into zazen (seated meditation), dana (self-donation), shunyata (emptiness) and the intimacy of engaging life with the mind of not-knowing. All good medicine, to help in the calming and healing of our increasingly rackety, volatile world.
We’ll begin by reviewing the practical basics of posture, breath awareness, and letting go of the self, then take up the story and study the mind of our great Zen ancestor, Bodhidharma, who travelled from India to China in the 5th-6th Century with nothing to give and nothing to withhold.
This full Day of Practice is freely offered on a dana-only basis, Your offering of financial support in return is deeply valued by the teachers. Please read the Word about Dana below for more details.
Date Sunday March 3, 2024
Early Morning SIt in the Open Dojo: 7am-8am (optional)
Morning Session: 9.45am-12pm
Afternoon Session: 2pm-4pm
Then tea and catch-up (informal)
A Word about Dana
Dana keeps the Dharma alive. In accordance with the 2,500-year-old Buddhist tradition of Dana (‘self-donation’), this opportunity for practice and teaching is provided free of charge, relying on your gift in return in the form of financial support, offered according to your means.
Dana, as pure giving, is non-compulsory and has no prescribed rate, but thrives in the spirit of gratitude and generosity. Offering and receiving are freed to complete each other, as one enlarging move of the heart.