INTIMACY, INTIMACY: How Zen Practices Help Relationship, CC 2/3

with David Richo Ph.D. MFT and Shosan Victoria Austin
Saturday, February 3, 10 am – 4 pm
in the Conference Center at 308 Page Street (not in Buddha Hall)
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An ancient Zen teacher taught, "Intimacy, intimacy," meaning that loving and being loved is our birthright. However, though loving is simple, it is not easy to love, whether ourselves or another. Skill in the Buddhist methods of loving-kindness is our key to a spiritually conscious intimacy—an intimate, responsive communion. Opening the gates of intimacy gently leads us to love's inevitable outcome: a heart of bright presence that loves freely, fearlessly, and as specifically or universally as needed to benefit the beings in front of us. This transcendent, skillful, and unconditional love isn't just for a heroic few; it is everyone's magnificent calling and life purpose.

This day of teachings will include sitting, lecture, exercises, and discussion. Participants will learn Zen Buddhist teachings and review psychological models on relating, both in theory and practice. Vegetarian lunch is available by donation. Tea and treats will be provided.

Fees: $60; $54 current SFZC members; $48 limited income. Some partial scholarships available; see About Registration, Scholarships, and Cancellations.

To Register: Please complete the online registration form or call the City Center main office at 415.863.3136 or the SFZC Reservations Office at 888.743.9362 or 415.475.9362.