Experiencing Zen: Workshop with Shohaku Okumura Roshi

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 8:30 am-5:00pm
Sanshin Zen Community, 1726 S. Olive St., Bloomington

What does "Zen" really mean? Come experience a taste of this multifaceted, profound approach to life.

Workshop includes:
• Instruction in sitting (zazen) and walking meditation
• Short sessions of practice followed by time to share experience and ask questions
• Movement session with focus on posture and stretches
• Talks on zazen by the founder and guiding teacher of Sanshin Zen Community, Shohaku Okumura Roshi
• Q & A with Roshi
• Lunch and afternoon tea

Cost: $25 (includes lunch and tea)

Dress: Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing of a subdued color. No shorts or sleeveless tops. Please remove shoes when you enter the building and leave them in the shoe rack at the front entryway.

Registration and payment: Participation is limited, and advance registration is required. Please register before the event Registration deadline is Friday March 28, 2014. To register,please call us to confirm, and please print, fill out and mail our Registration Form If you have questions please email admin@sanshinji.org or call 812-339-2635. If you register and must subsequently cancel, please let us know so that we can open up the space to someone else.

The $25 workshop fee, includes lunch and afternoon tea. Please pay by check (made out to Sanshin Zen Community.) Please include payment with your registration.

About Okumura Roshi

Shohaku Okumura Roshi was born and educated in Japan, where he was ordained as a Zen priest in 1970. He has lived and taught in the United States for many years and founded the Sanshin Zen Community in 1996. He and his wife and two children moved from Minneapolis to Bloomington in 2003.

Okumura Roshi is known for his extraordinary command of English and his ability to explain the theory and practice of Zen with great clarity. Each year, he receives numerous invitations to speak and teach throughout the United States and in countries as far-ranging as Sweden, Italy, and Japan. In addition to his extensive teaching, he has written and published many English translations of foundational Zen texts, illuminated with his own commentaries. His writing and teaching focus on two areas: the works of Dōgen Zenji (the 13th-century founder of the Sōtō School of Zen), and the particular form of Zen practiced by his own teacher, Kōshō Uchiyama Roshi. The book Opening the Hand of Thought: Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice, written in Japanese by Uchiyama Roshi and translated by Okumura Roshi, is used as a guide to practice at Sanshin Zen Community.


8:30am to 9:00am: Check-in
9:00am to 9:40am: Introduction and instruction in sitting and walking meditation (zazen and kinhin)
9:40am to 10:00am: Zazen
10:00am to 10:05am: Kinhin

10:05am to 10:15am: Break

10:15am to 10:45am: Sharing, Q&A about postures, etc.
11:00am to 11:30am: Talk by Shohaku Okumura Roshi
11:30am to 12:00pm: Q&A with Roshi

12:00pm to 1:00pm: Lunch, clean-up, and break

1:00pm to 1:20pm: Outdoor walking meditation
1:20pm to 1:30pm: Break
1:30pm to 2:00pm: Zazen

2:00pm to 2:10pm: Break

2:10pm to 2:55pm: Guided stretch/body movement with a focus on zazen posture, managing pain, etc.
3:00pm to 3:30pm: Talk by Okumura Roshi
3:30pm to 4:00pm: Tea and Q&A with Roshi

4:00pm to 4:10pm: Break

4:10pm to 4:30pm: Zazen
4:30pm to 4:40pm: Kinhin
4:40pm to 5:00pm: Closing (sharing)

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