Tuesdays, 25 Sep - 27 Nov, 7-9.30pm
A 10-week evening course exploring the underlying ideas of Zen philosophy and
Zen is one of the most profound yet mysterious philosophies to emerge from human insights. It points to a reality beyond words, imagination and thought. It is especially suited to the
western mind since it does not involve religious beliefs or dogma, yet challenges the purpose of thinking and the clinging of the ego to ideas, attachments and assumptions.
The Living Zen course continues the Living Philosophy set of courses and examines the ideas and practice of Zen and how these can guide practical action in everyday life.
While this course covers the underlying concepts of Zen Buddhism it will emphasise the practice and experience of the ‘suchness’ of things and one’s essential nature. The writings and teaching of
DT Suzuki, Alan Watts, Robert Aitken Roshi, Dogen and other Zen teachers will be used to help participants taste the unique insight and experience of Zen. The course will introduce you to Zen
meditation, Kinhin (walking meditation), the use of Koans, the practice of mindfulness and non-attachment and ask students to apply these in their daily living.
Topics covered are:
- Beginning Zen and Its History
- Zen Meditation and Practice
- The Practice of Mindfulness (Shikantaza)
- Stories: Zen Bones, Zen Flesh
- Attachments, Beginners Mind, Simple Mind
- The Life of D T Suzuki
- Haiku: The Poetry of Zen
- The Use of Koans
- Modern Zen, Not Zen
- Continuing Zen Practice
The course will introduce you to key aspects of Zen relevant to modern life. You will learn how to observe your thoughts, judgements and assumptions about yourself and others. The course leads to
improved skills in: being in the present moment, mindfulness, dealing with situations calmly and clarity of thought and action in your work and home life. The ten evenings will consist of the
presentation and discussion of different aspects of Zen and the practice of meditation and other Zen practices.
This course is brought to you by The Integral Leadership Institute and supported by The Bodhi
Tree. For any enquiries, please contact Kasia, Integral Leadership Institute, on email@example.com
Price: $210 standard / $370 couple / $160 concession
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