with Jules Shuzen Harris Sensei
March 2, 2019
Mind and body work together and when triggered, send signals inducing physical and emotional responses. Mind-Body Bridging cultivates awareness skills to heighten recognition of various aspects of a disturbed mind-body state such as ruminating thoughts, a small focus of awareness, body tension, and impaired mental or physical functioning. The process then offers mapping exercises to further inform the sources of discord. Over time, with increased awareness, practitioners learn to maintain a more balanced, harmonious state.
In this retreat Shuzen will complement buddhist psychological models and teach students Mind-Body Bridging tools such as “mapping”, “bridging” and “thought labeling,” to cultivate awareness skills which heighten recognition of various aspects of mind-body states that are out of balance and cultivate awareness of the sources of the disharmony. In this way, practitioners learn to maintain a more aware, harmonious state and are able to do the real work of awakening without either denying their embodied emotional life or missing out on the rich array of insights offered by Buddhist psychology and the Zen practice tradition.
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Jules Shuzen Harris, Sensei, is a Soto priest who has been practicing Buddhism for more than 25 years. He started his Zen practice at Zen Mountain Monastery in Mt. Tremper, NY under John Daido Loori Roshi and then moved west to Utah to study under Dennis Genpo Merzel. In 2002 Shuzen received denkai (transmission of the precepts) from Genpo Roshi, Abbott of Kanzeon Zen Center. He received hoshi in 2006 and shiho (Dharma transmission ceremony) in 2007 from Pat Enkyo O’Hara Roshi and became her second dharma successor. Shuzen Sensei founded Soji Zen Center located in Lansdowne, PA, to offer the community a contemporary Buddhist center providing instruction on Zen meditation, philosophy and contemplation techniques. He is involved with local colleges, health organizations, and yoga groups offering dharma teaching to beginners who want to learn meditation, as well as to experienced practitioners of Zen Buddhism to strengthen their technique and continue training their minds. To that end, Shuzen also holds workshops at the Center, a weekly study group and every Sunday meditation and dharma talks. Shuzen is a member of the White Plum Asanga, The Zen Peacemakers Order, a study group at the Maezumi Institute and the American Zen Teachers Association.
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