Saturday, March 16
10 am - 4 pm
with Zoketsu Norman Fischer 59 simple but profound slogans for softening your heart for love and concern for others.
In this workshop we'll practice guided meditation, journaling, and focused small group and large group discussion as techniques to help us digest a much-loved and well-used traditional Indo-Tibetan Buddhist text. Usually referred to as Lojong
(mind training), the text is a handbook for opening the heart to compassion. Its 59 slogans go from the profound ("rest in the openness of mind") to the bluntly comic ("don't expect applause") and constitute an eminently user-friendly course in seeing through your smallness and opening up your mind.
Compassion is central to Zen, but implicit, so there's a need for Zen students to bring out the compassion side much more, and more explicitly. Hence this workshop. It is based on Norman Fischer's new book Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong
. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the workshop, so that the process of training you will begin can be continued. Fee:
$50; $45 current SFZC members; $40 limited income. Some scholarships are available; see About Registration, Scholarships, and Cancellations
. No one turned away for lack of funds. To Register:
Use the Ticket Table below. Or call our toll free number 888.743.9362 or our local number 415.475.9362.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer (Senior Dharma Teacher)
Zoketsu Norman Fischer is a poet and Zen Buddhist priest. For many years he has taught at the San Francisco Zen Center, the oldest and largest of the new Buddhist organizations in the West, where he served as Co-abbot from 1995-2000. He is presently a Senior Dharma Teacher there as well as the founder and spiritual director of the Everyday Zen Foundation, an organization dedicated to adapting Zen Buddhist teachings to Western culture.