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Opening the Literary Heart: Shakespeare's Sonnets, GGF 3/29

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Lisa Myobun Freinkel
Yo-on Jeremy Levie
Interview: A Poet of Suchness: Professor Lisa Myobun Freinkel Introduces Shakespeare
with Lisa Myobun Freinkel and Yo-On Jeremy Levie
in the zendo at Green Gulch Farm

Saturday, March 29, 2014
9 am - 5 pm

We will spend the day immersing ourselves in the beauty and rhythm of Shakespeare’s celebrated love poems: his sonnets. The core themes of these brief poems speak straight to the truth of the heart. We will plumb their depths, navigating the wisdom (and delusion) they offer regarding suffering, impermanence, compassion and communion.

Our day will include zazen; discussion of the poems and of the dharma that arises from their core themes; body and breath work with Shakespeare’s language; and, finally, an opportunity to craft and share our own sonnets of the heart. No prior knowledge of Shakespeare is required; the instructors—an award-winning Shakespeare professor and meditation teacher, along with Green Gulch Farm resident Zen priest Yo-On Jeremy Levie—will provide the necessary background.

Fees: $85; $76 current SFZC members; $68 limited income. Fee includes lunch. Some partial scholarships available (About Registration, Scholarships and Cancellations.)

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Lisa Myobun Freinkel
Lisa Myobun Freinkel received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, where she completed a dissertation with Stephen Greenblatt on Renaissance literature. She received her lay ordination as a Zen Buddhist at Butsugenji Temple in Eugene, Oregon. An award-winning teacher and scholar, Freinkel is also a volunteer medical chaplain and a meditation instructor in university, prison and hospital environments. She teaches English and Comparative Literature at the University of Oregon where she also serves as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies.

Yo-on Jeremy Levie
Yo-on Jeremy Levie currently serves as head of practice (tanto) for Green Dragon Temple at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, where he offers talks, works individually with students, and leads sittings, classes and study groups. Prior to being tanto, he served as director at Green Gulch from 2009 to 2012. He has trained in residence at San Francisco Zen Center since 1995, having lived at each of the Center’s three temples. He was ordained by Eijun Linda Cutts in 2005 and trained as head monk (shuso) in 2009. In addition to his service on the SFZC Board of Directors, Jeremy has also served on the Board of the Marin Interfaith Council. Jeremy studied philosophy and theater at Yale University and trained as a teacher of Motion Theater improvisation. He continues to be interested in the intersection of Zen practice with Western thought and culture, and co-leads retreats on the meeting of Zen with other disciplines. He currently lives with his wife, Meg, and daughter, Elizabeth, at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center.