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Establishing the Path of Practice

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

with Ryushin Paul Haller and other Zen teachers

Begins: New EPP dates have not yet been set.
If you are interested in being contacted, please email .

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:

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
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
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 (30+ minutes) or at Zen Center
  • attend the monthly meetings for all participants on Saturdays and Tuesday evenings—please see the dates and times below after dates have been set
  • 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: TBD. Participants sign up for each trimester separately. Scholarships are available; please contact the City Center Director via email, at ccdirector@sfzc.org.

Registration: A registration form will be available here or in the City Center front office when dates are set.
Please submit full tuition payment for the first trimester with your registration to secure your space in the program.



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.