The Still Point
with Mn. Gokan Bonebakker
July 31, 2020
“We seem to have lost the ability to just be quiet, to simply be present in the stillness that is the foundation of our lives. Yet if we never get in touch with that stillness, we never fully experience our lives.” —Daido Roshi
The Buddha realized enlightenment while practicing seated meditation. This practice is the heart of Zen training. Zazen is simple, easy to describe and understand, and also incredibly profound. It’s a practice that deepens and develops over time. While we may be drawn to zazen for the immediate benefit of learning to calm our restless and distracted minds, zazen is a path to liberation. Once we receive beginning instruction and commit to a sitting practice, how do we practice so that our zazen deepens and ripens?
This evening retreat offers the chance to develop your relationship to zazen. We’ll do this through exploring meditation as well as guided study and reflection. We will look at the importance of meditation posture, at ancient and contemporary teachings on mindfulness meditation and at zazen as a practice of training the mind. We’ll give special attention to the importance of developing concentration, allowing space for difficult emotions, and dispelling some common misconceptions about zazen.
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Your registration confirmation will include a link to the Zoom session.