Exploring a variety of perspectives on posture through texts, visual tools and our own present-moment attunement, we will engage in a series of weekly body-mind inquiries, including at-home explorations, to invite sensitivity and awaken the mysterious and inconceivable experience of harmonious posture.
In this class we will use the Buddha's teaching on the division of the "self" into five "heaps," or skandhas, as a framework for studying the "self," as we learn to see how there really isn't any such thing at all . . . or is there?
During this six-week class we will discuss vowing and precepts as the ethical core of our human life. Although expressed in 16 different ways, the one Bodhisattva Precept being continuously reflected is that we are not separate from one another.
The "Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi" says that the teaching of suchness is the intimate entrustment of Buddha ancestors. Drawing on the Blue Cliff Record and other Zen story books, we will explore the mysterious communion with Buddha ancestors and in this way endeavor to enliven and refresh their words.