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Tea and Zen Seminar / Workshop 2015

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Meiya Wender
Tea Classes
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in the Sowing the Moon Teahouse at Green Gulch Farm

Tea and Zen Seminar

Wednesday, August 5 – Sunday, August 9*

Shichijishiki and Koan Workshop
Monday, August 10 – Tuesday, August 11**

The Ninth Annual Tea and Zen Seminar is open to those currently studying tea in the Urasenke Tradition. This seminar offers the opportunity to practice tea in the context of Zen meditation, exploring the connection between Zen and the Way of Tea. Following the five-day seminar is a special two-day workshop. The seminar and workshop will make use of the three tea rooms and kitchen of the Green Gulch teahouse, as well as the roji. Participants may attend both the seminar and workshop, or either event separately. Overnight accommodations, including vegetarian meals, will be provided in Green Gulch guest facilities.

Five-Day Seminar:  The daily schedule includes meditation and instruction in temae (nyumon, konarai, shikaden, okuden). There  will  also  be classes in okashi making, and chashaku carving. A highlight of the seminar is practice with chabana: selecting and placing flowers from the extensive Green Gulch gardens.
*Those coming from out of town are advised to arrive on Tuesday, August 4.

Two-Day Workshop:  Shichijishiki are seven tea practices which were developed in the mid-18th century, inspired by Zen koans, and designed to encourage and embody the collaborative practice of awakening. This workshop is a unique opportunity to study these exercises in the context of Zen practice and teachings.
**Those attending only the workshop arrive on Sunday, August 9.


Accommodations, including all meals Daily rate (per person)
Small room – single occupancy
(1 double bed)
Small room – double occupancy
(1 double bed)
Large room – double occupancy
(2 twin beds)

Teaching Fees:
5-day Tea & Zen Seminar $550
2-day Chaji Workshop $400

Registration: To register, please print and complete the application (PDF), and send it by mail by June 1 to:

Tea Seminar Registration
Green Gulch Farm Zen Center
1601 Shoreline Hwy.
Muir Beach, CA 94965, USA

For more information, contact the Green Gulch office at 415.383.3134 or via e-mail at ggfoffice@sfzc.org.

Related Bio(s):

Meiya Wender
Meiya Wender has practiced at Zen Center since 1972 and received Dharma Transmission from Tenshin Reb Anderson in 2002. She has held many monastic positions at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and Green Gulch, including director, ino, tenzo, and tanto. She has studied the Way of Tea for many years, including a year at the Urasenke Midorikai program in Kyoto, and teaches Tea in Sowing the Moon Teahouse at Green Gulch.