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Classes & Extended Courses

Fees vary based on number of class meetings, but the basic fee is $20 per class meeting, with a reduced fee for members and those with limited income.

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What Buddha Taught (Class), CC 8/4 - 8/25
with Anshin Rosalie Curtis
Four Mondays: August 4 - 25, 2014
7:30 - 9 pm

Join us to learn the basics of Buddha’s teaching.

Now What? How to Be (and Stay) a Beginner (Class), CC 8/5 - 9/9
with Zachary Smith
Six Tuesdays: August 5 - September 9, 2014
7:30 - 9 pm

Suzuki Roshi famously claimed that the difficult part of Zen practice was not sitting, or even enlightenment. Instead, he suggests that it is the way we entangle and hinder ourselves with ideas and expectations.

Accessing Ease in Practice: Working with the Five Hindrances (Class), CC 9/4 - 10/2
with Keiryu Liên Shutt
Five Thursdays, September 4 - October 2, 2014

The Five Hindrances are typical mind states which can impede development of concentration and mindfulness. In this class, we will explore classic and contemporary teachings on how to become aware of and work with these states, as well as cultivate their antidotes.

Living with the Precepts (Class), CC 10/6 - 11/24
with Jisan Tova Green and Daiyu Judith Randall
Eight Mondays: October 6 - November 24, 2014

This class focuses on the precepts as guideposts for our thoughts, speech and actions, for living ethically, with deep regard for ourselves, others, and the world in which we live.

Suzuki Roshi’s Way of Practice (Class), CC 10/7 - 11/25
with Abiding Abbot Rinso Ed Sattizahn
Eight Tuesdays: October 7 - November 25, 2014

When we do not expect anything, we can be ourselves. That is our way, to live fully in each moment of time. 

Yoga for Attention to Posture and Breathing (Class), CC 10/8 - 11/26
with Shosan Victoria Austin
Eight Wednesdays: October 8 - November 26, 2014

This eight-week Iyengar yoga class is designed to address the topic of human imperfection in meditation, not by imposing perfection, but by applying precise, appropriate effort, first to known areas of body and mind, then to the study of the unknown.

Karma (Class), CC 10/9 - 11/20
with Anshin Rosalie Curtis
Seven Thursdays: October 9 - November 20

"Karma" simply means "action." We will read and discuss teachings on karma by Suzuki Roshi and Dogen, and the famous koan of Pai-Chang’s fox.

The Life of the Buddha (Class), 10/9 - 11/20
with Myoju Erin Merk
Seven Thursdays: October 9 - November 20

This class will explore the life of the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, his path of practice, and the relevance of his life stories and teachings to our own lives and journeys. Everyone is welcome, and this class is appropriate for beginners.

Supporting Zazen with Qigong (Class), CC 11/6 - 11/20
with Liping Zhu
Three Thursdays: November 6, 13, and 20

This class will teach Qigong exercises and breathing techniques that will support zazen practice.

Establishing the Path of Practice 2014
One-Year Non-Residential Training Program
September 27, 2014 - July 18, 2015
with Ryushin Paul Haller and other Zen teachers

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.

Contemplative Caregiver Course 2014
January 31 - December 6, 2014

A yearlong certificate training program in contemplative practices and care methods, offered in collaboration with Beyond Measure School for Contemplative Care, founded by Jennifer Block.