Basics of Zen
To get the full benefit of the class, participants are strongly encouraged to commit to a short daily meditation practice before and
during the class.
Zen is a form of Buddhism that first emerged in China, based on the
classical teachings of the Buddha with a primary emphasis on formal
sitting in the meditation hall rather than study of the sutras, ethics, or philosophical concepts.
In the class, we will sit (rather than meditate - we aren't trying to cultivate a special state) and then discuss some simple readings about the Buddha (formal practice), the Dharma (writings, practicing the Precepts) and Sangha (practicing with other people). The last week we will talk about Zen in every day life.
The day after the class concludes there will be a daylong retreat at
InsightLA called a Zazenkai, a day of formal practice that you are
welcome to join. CLICK HERE FOR THE DAYLONG SAT. 5/13.
Reading will be drawn primarily from the classic Zen Mind Beginner's
Mind by Shunyru Suzuki Roshi, and you might also enjoy What Is
Zen?: Plain Talk for a Beginner's Mind by Norman Fischer.
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