Zen Essentials with Gokan — Practicing Your Life at Home
with MRO Teachers and Senior Staff
February 14, 2019
For centuries, traditional Buddhist practice usually meant that one lived in a monastery and trained as an ordained monastic. Since Buddhism’s coming to the West, it has undergone a profound shift as most western Dharma students are living at home, raising families and pursuing careers. Because of this, today’s practitioners are developing new skillful means as they explore how to develop and maintain a sincere spiritual practice within their many obligations and activities.
This seminar will explore some of the practical issues that arise from practicing at home. We’ll look at issues such as time and schedules, setting priorities, and the importance of being both consistent and flexible. In particular, we’ll discuss the practice of relationships—with an intimate partner, children, parents and other family members, friends and strangers—where those we’re relating to may or may not be involved with Buddhist practice. We’ll examine how these relationships can both challenge and strengthen our practice, as well as how our practice can positively influence our relationships with others. Sensitive issues that often arise when we brings our spiritual path into the ordinary and intimate setting of our home – a shared space – and how these can be addressed for the benefit of all, will be discussed.
There will be plenty of time for questions, and refreshments will be served.
The Essentials of Zen seminars offer an opportunity to work more informally with some of the MRO seniors and teachers. They are particularly geared towards those newer to practice, but are open to all practitioners.
Suggested donation $10-$15.