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The Dharma of Motherhood: Exploring Paths to Practice As We Raise Children, CC 11/16

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Ryuko Laura Burges
Patsy Creedy
Interview with Laura Burges: The Path of Happy, Healthy Parenting
with Laura Burges and Patsy Creedy
in the Conference Center at 308 Page Street

Sunday, November 16, 2014
10 am - 5 pm

Motherhood calls us to practice each day, encouraging us to cultivate generosity, discipline, patience, wholehearted effort and wisdom. If we're lucky, we can even squeeze a little meditation in there. Being a mother is a joyful invitation to manifest our vow to live and be lived for the benefit of all beings. But that's on a good day. We can also be painfully aware of the ways in which we fall short, of dark places that may echo difficulties in our own childhood, of being in unfamiliar territory.

How can we care for others without depleting our own resources?
How do we balance work, relationships, practice and motherhood?
How do we, with awareness and compassion, integrate what we learned in our family of origin into our own parenting?

In this retreat, we will reflect on the daily practice of motherhood, with all that that includes. We will be writing personal narratives and engage in short periods of sitting and walking meditation, talk and discussion.

Please dress comfortably and bring writing materials and a bag lunch.

Fees: $80; $72 current SFZC members; $64 limited income. To Register: Use the ticket table below to register online. Or call our toll free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362). CANCELED

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Ryuko Laura Burges
Ryuko Laura Burges, a parent and a lay entrusted Buddhist teacher in the Soto Zen tradition, lectures and leads retreats at different practice centers in Northern California. A teacher of children for 30 years, she also trains teachers to bring mindfulness practice into elementary classrooms. Laura co-founded the Sangha in Recovery program at Zen Center. She is the abiding teacher at the Lenox House meditation group in Oakland.

Patsy Creedy
Patsy Creedy, Kanshin Kokai, was lay ordained by Linda Ruth Cutts in 2010. She has been a labor and delivery nurse at UCSF for 25 years. She has two grown children and is pursuing her MA in creative writing at San Francisco State University. Patsy co-leads the Meditation and Recovery program at Zen Center. Patsy sees the bond between mothers as a powerful spiritual connection, and motherhood as a way to deeply open ourselves to practice.