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Establishing the Path of Practice 2014

Related Information
Ryushin Paul Haller (Urban Temple Dharma Teacher)
Interview: Forming the Habit of Mindfulness
Article: Establishing the Path of Practice: What Former Participants Experienced
One-Year Non-Residential Training Program
September 27, 2014 - July 18, 2015

with Ryushin Paul Haller and other Zen teachers
Apply by September 17

This one-year, experiential training program is designed to help participants develop a sustainable daily meditation practice and mindfulness of body, mind and emotions during everyday activities and relationships. Some meditation experience would be helpful but it is not essential. We will engage the modalities of meditation, yoga, sensing, and mindfulness of activities, and explore practice themes in dyads, triads and small groups. All of these methods will enable us to apply the principles of Zen Buddhist practice in our daily lives at home and in the marketplace.

There will be three parts to the course:


Saturday, September 27, start time TBD – 5 pm    
Thursday, October 9, 7:30 – 9 pm
Saturday, October 18, 1:15 – 5 pm
Thursday, October 30, 7:30 – 9 pm
Saturday, November 15, 1:15 – 5 pm
Tuesday, November 25, 7:30 – 9 pm
Saturday, December 13, start time TBD – 5 pm
First Trimester
Establishing the fundamentals of practice

The emphasis will be cultivating meditation postures, body awareness, and the ability to bring awareness to our daily activities through a series of mindful exercises. These practices will be continued throughout all three trimesters.

Second Trimester
Saturday, January 10, start time TBD – 5 pm Thursday, January 22, 7:30 – 9 pm
Saturday, February 7, 1:15 – 5 pm
Thursday, February 19, 7:30 – 9 pm
Saturday, March 7, 1:15 – 5 pm
Thursday, March 26, 7:30 – 9 pm
Saturday, April 11, start time TBD – 5 pm
Exploring self and relating to others

Through attention to the habits of thought and feelings, actions and reactions in our own being and in our interpersonal interactions, we will explore how these arise in everyday situations and learn ways to practice with them.

Third Trimester
Expressing practice in our life
Saturday, May 16, start time TBD – 5 pm
Thursday, June 4, 7:30 – 9 pm
Saturday, June 20, 1:15 – 5 pm
Thursday, July 2, 7:30 – 9 pm
Saturday, July 18, start time TBD – 5 pm

Discover how the insights that we're realizing through practice can be expressed and embodied in all aspects of our lives and how the cultivation and practice of intention can support this.

Participation

Participants will be expected to:
  • Have a daily sitting practice at home (20+ minutes) or at Zen Center.
  • Attend the monthly meetings for all participants on Saturdays and Thursday evenings (see dates above).
  • Attend the twice-monthly peer group meetings.
  • Practice the daily body and mindfulness exercises presented in the class.
  • Write the requested personal reflections.
Fees per Trimester: $325; $292 current SFZC members; $260 limited income. Participants sign up for each trimester separately. Registration: Download the EPP Registration Form [Word]/[PDF].
Registration deadline: September 17, 2014

Please mail or deliver: 1) the completed registration form, 2) full tuition payment for the first trimester, 3) your personal statement and 4) a recent photograph to:
San Francisco Zen Center
Attn: EPP 2014 Registration
300 Page Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

If you have any questions about financial assistance, work-exchange, payment arrangements or any other matters related to the application process, please call Kim Koei Hart in the City Center office at 415-354-0386 or email kim.koeihart@sfzc.org.


Related Bio(s):

Ryushin Paul Haller (Urban Temple Dharma Teacher)
Ryushin Paul Haller is a dharma heir of Sojun Mel Weitsman and has taught at Zen Center for over 20 years. He served as abiding abbot at City Center from 2003 to 2012, and remains at City Center as urban temple dharma teacher. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, he teaches throughout the US and Europe and has led mindfulness programs to assist with depression and recovery. Paul has also taught in prisons and has a long involvement with the Zen Hospice Project. He has been practicing yoga for 25 years.