Saturday, June 29, 2013, 10am - 4:30pm
with Issho Fujita
“Breath from the nose is stealthily spreading all over the body” This short sentence is an only description of the breath during zazen by Dogen Zenji in Fukanzazengi(Universal Promotion of the Principles of Zazen). How can we embody it through zazen practice? It would be a mistake to take “how-to-do” approach to realize this kind of breath. It is not a matter of adding anything special to the breath, of mastering a new breathing technique, or of trying to improve the breath. It is to discover the naturalness of our breath. In this workshop, through lecture and various exercises, we explore the world of breath in zazen and understand the depth of zazen from the viewpoint of the breath.
Participants may join the schedule at any point in this day-long retreat.
Schedule including morning practice and dharma talk
9:25 Zazen in the Zendo
10:15 Dharma talk in the Buddha Hall with Issho Fujita
11:00 Question and Answer with Issho Fujita
12:00 Lunch in the dining room (by donation)
1:00pm Workshop begins-Meet in Buddha Hall
$40; $36 current SFZC members; $32 limited income. Cookies and tea are included. Some scholarships are available; see About Registration, Scholarships, and Cancellations
. No one turned away for lack of funds.
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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).