New Temple, New Programs

Our new temple affords us considerable space and flexibility for new programs and practice opportunities, and we are happy to offer the first of these this January. Our thanks to our teachers and members who have been hard at work developing these new offerings.

Family Dharma

The Family Dharma program provides a space for mindfulness and Zen practice for the whole family by integrating mindfulness practices into shared daily life while building and deepening the understanding of these principles. Our program is open to families with children eight to sixteen years old; younger children are welcome with the understanding that activities and teachings are created with this age range in mind. This is a community offering, and one need not be a ZCD member to participate.

The Family Dharma program will meet in the multipurpose room on the second Sunday of each month after the morning sitting from 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. You need not make a reservation and there are no fees. Please join us for our first Family Dharma program on Jan. 12.

Mindfulness Saturdays

On the third Saturday of each month, we will be offering Mindfulness Saturdays, a day of mindfulness practice on a theme chosen by the instructor. These three-hour workshops are open to anyone, and are of special interest to MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) program graduates. The suggested donation is $35 for members or $50 for non-members.

Instructors for these workshops will also include guest teachers. Our first Mindfulness Saturday will be on Feb. 15 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and will be led by Janet Solyntjes, a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and a long-time practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism. She is co-founder of the Boulder-based Center for Courageous Living, which offers a variety of mindfulness programs and retreats.

The topic for the workshop will be Meeting Obstacles With an Open Heart. What hinders our natural tendency to open and appreciate our lives? Is there a way to train the mind and heart to remain open when life presents us with the unexpected or the unwanted?

In this session the practice of compassionate abiding, as taught by Tibetan Buddhist nun Pema Chodron, will be incorporated into a morning of sitting and walking meditation. There will also be time devoted to reflection and discussion of welcoming the unwelcome in everyday life. Click here to register. 

Buddhist Recovery Meetings

Each Monday at 7:00 p.m. we will have twenty-five minutes of meditation followed by a group discussion supporting recovery from drugs and alcohol. Please note that this is not an AA meeting. All are welcome.

Four-week class: Introduction to the Diamond Sutra

Ken Tetsuzan Roshi will be offering an introduction to the Diamond Sutra that will meet for four weeks each Wednesday evening beginning Feb. 5 and ending Feb. 26. The Diamond Sutra is one of the seminal scriptures of Mahayana Buddhism and is held in especially high regard by the Zen sect. In a relatively few pages it encapsulates all the Mahayana teachings. This four-week course will explore, through lectures and discussion, the fundamental themes of the sutra from a Zen perspective: the origin of the sutra, the nature of self, emptiness and transiency, karmic merit, dharma transmission, and the role and nature of the Bodhisattva (enlightening being).

The suggested donation is $50 for members or $75 for non-members. Click here to register.

Samu

After a years-long hiatus, we are finally able to return to one of our core practices, samu. Samu is work practice: attention in the midst of activity. Offered the second Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. – noon, the morning will include zazen, two hours of silent work practice, a short discussion, a reading of a selected Zen text, and a meal served in the Zen style of oryoki. Please sign up via Signupgenius.com or contact the office; the suggested donation is $10.

Vinyasa Yoga

ZCD member and yoga instructor Joel Tagert will be offering vinyasa yoga classes every Monday from 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. beginning Feb. 3.

These level 1 classes will focus on finding proper alignment in yoga asanas (poses) to develop stability, strength, balance and awareness within the ceaseless flow of the breath. All are welcome. There is no set fee, but a donation of your choosing is much appreciated.

Movie Nights

Bring snacks (and maybe a beanbag chair) as we turn our multipurpose room into a theater for an evening’s entertainment. For our first movie night on Friday, Jan. 17, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m, we’ll be showing the majestic, wondrous roving-eye documentary Baraka. Subsequent movie nights will follow on Feb. 28 and March 27.

Written by joeltagert

Writer, artist and longtime Zen practitioner.

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