Saturday, February 25, 2012
1 pm - 5 pm
with Issho Fujita
Buddha Hall, 300 Page Street
Zazen is not so-called “inner work” to get absorbed in the “inner world” of the psyche by shutting ourselves down from the “outer” world. Rather it is to open up ourselves to the world and to go beyond the duality of the “inner” and the “outer.” In zazen we need to keep the subtle balance, moment by moment, between the input from inside (muscles, organs, thoughts, images) and outside (eyes, nose, mouth, ears). But this is not easy for us because we unconsciously tend to create imbalance among the six senses by “focusing” too much on one of them.
In this workshop we will try to look at zazen practice from this angle and through various exercises explore the possibility of deepening zazen by fully integrating the six senses.
No previous experience necessary. Workshop fees:
$40; $36 current SFZC members; $32 limited income Registration:
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Issho Fujita was born in Japan in 1954. He studied developmental/clinical psychology at Tokyo University. When he was a PhD student, at the age of 27, he attended a week-long Zen sesshin at Enkaku-ji, a traditional Rinzai monastery in Kamakura. Eventually he dropped out of graduate school to study Zen full time and entered Antai-ji, a Soto Zen monastery. In 2010, he was assigned to be Director of Soto Zen Buddhism International Center in San Francisco. Issho is interested in inventing new and fun ways to articulate the depth of the simple practice of shikantaza (just sitting).