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Who Am I? Exploring How the Sense of Self Arises, CC 8/9

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Keiryu LiÍn Shutt
Me, Myself and I: To Have, To Hold, and Then To Let Go When Needed—An Interview with Keiryu LiÍn Shutt
with Keiryu Liên Shutt
in the City Center Buddha Hall

Saturday, August 9, 2014
1 - 4 pm

An experiential, engaging exploration of our sense of self and how it plays out as we go about our everyday lives.

Anatta, the Buddhist teaching on not-self is often misunderstood. How does the sense of self contribute to suffering? Do we have the capacity to be with the self fully in all its dimensions or nuances? Or do we get caught up in what we think it should be or what we want it to be?

How do we develop the skill or ability to adjust when conditions call for flexibility?

When we are able to identify and become flexible with our sense of “me, myself and I,” we see that the possibility for non-suffering increases.

In this half-day workshop, we’ll look at when the concept of “I” tends to arise and how our efforts to justify, verify or solidify an idea of "me" as X person become a point in which dis-ease/suffering can typically reside.

We will engage in Dharma teachings, meditation, creative exercises and group discussions to identify when concepts of self tend to arise and solidify, and then learn how to bring compassion and lightness to these moments.

Fees: $40; $36 current members; $32 limited income. Some partial scholarships available. (See About Registration, Scholarships, and Cancellations.)

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Keiryu LiÍn Shutt
Rev. Keiryu LiÍn Shutt was ordained in 2005 with Zenkei Blanche Hartman. Born into a Buddhist family in Vietnam, she began her meditation practice in the Insight tradition of Spirit Rock. She was a founding member of the Buddhists of Color in 1998. Her Zen training began at Tassajara monastery, where she lived from 2002-2005. She then went to Asia for a year to practice monastically in Japan and Vietnam. While she has placed her trust and faith in Zen, she continues to enjoy the deep silence of Insight practices and has completed retreats in America and Thailand.

LiÍn is a social worker in San Francisco. She is a regular speaker at SFZC’s Queer Dharma and at East Bay Meditation Center’s LGBTQI/SGL and POC sanghas. She has been published in Once Upon A Dream: The Vietnamese-American Experience (San Jose Mercury News Books), Social Work Perspectives, The Mindfulness Bell, and Turning Wheel: The Journal of Socially Engaged Buddhism.