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2020-21 Clouds in Water Registration
  • 2021 Zoom September Lojong Slogans Myoshin
    Lojong Slogans: Training in Compassion
    With Myoshin Diane Benjamin
    Mondays, Sept 27 - Nov 1
    7-8:30pm CT
    Zoom Only
    Pay what you can, minimum $5
    Value: $180
     
    In this online class, we will cultivate compassion by training our minds as taught through the seven points and 59 slogans of the 12th century Tibetan text, The Root Text of the Seven Points of Training the Mind, or LojongThe lojong slogans offer a wonderful way to practice beyond the meditation cushion with the every day situations we encounter. We will also learn and practice tonglen, or giving and receiving meditation, a method of expanding our capacity to be present with our own and others’ suffering.
     
    The class will include meditation, reading, discussion, and encouragement to practice daily with the slogans. We will use the book Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong, by Norman Fischer, as our guide. Please purchase a copy of this book prior to the first class.
     
    “Spiritual practice, exactly like training in a gym, takes time and effort. Just as there are stationary bicycles, treadmills, weight machines, and other devices, so in spiritual practice there is prayer, meditation, ritual, study, and other techniques. Using these steadily over time, we can change our minds. We can begin to notice our unsuccessful repetitive patterns of thinking and feeling. We can begin to see their consequences. … We can begin to cultivate new ways of thinking, feeling, speaking, and acting and gradually make them more and more our own. Our basic patterns over time will be different as we train our minds with intentional techniques and practices, and this will influence our relationships and our sense of ourselves and the world.” -Norman Fischer
     
    Myoshin Diane Benjamin is a lay dharma teacher at Clouds in Water. She has practiced Zen since 1996, and has found tonglen and the lojong slogans to be a deep support for her day to day practice.
     
    Classes and sesshin fees are pay-what-you-can. To help cover administrative costs and activate online registration, the minimum amount we ask is $5.00
     
    When considering what to pay Clouds in Water for this offering, please know that the value of this offering is estimated to be $180
     
    Online registration ends 9/25/2021
     
    If you wish to register after 9/25/2021 please contact the teacher directly at myoshin@cloudsinwater.org.  Please note that you may not get an immediate response.
     
  • 2021 In-Person Sept Four Noble Truths Kyoku Katheleen
    Practicing with the Four Noble Truths
    With Kyoku Tracey Walen and Katheleen Avila
    Tuesdays, September 28-October 25
    7-8 pm CT
    IN PERSON
    Pay what you can, minimum $5
    Value: $200
     
    Clouds in Water requires face covering for all public gatherings in our building. Six feet distance will be maintained. In-person registration will be capped at 15 participants.
     
    This class offers an exploration of the fundamental teaching of the Buddha commonly known as the “Four Noble Truths.”
     
    The Buddha’s Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Noble Path are the foundation for our path to spiritual maturity. Looking closely, we can see that they are directives for action. They are the fundamental “tasks” for our journey. We’ll explore this teaching as a way of awakening relevant to every aspect of our lives.
     
    This class is an important starting point for Buddhist study and practice, and people with substantial experience can benefit from a new consideration of this central teaching.
     
     
    Classes and sesshin fees are pay-what-you-can. To help cover administrative costs and activate online registration, the minimum amount we ask is $5.00
     
    When considering what to pay Clouds in Water for this offering, please know that the value of this offering is estimated to be $200
     
    Online registration ends 9/26/2021
     
    If you wish to register after 9/26/2021 please contact the assistant directly at kyoku.walen@cloudsinwater.org.  Please note that you may not get an immediate response.
     
  • 2021 Zoom Sept Four Noble Truths Kyoku Katheleen
    Practicing with the Four Noble Truths
    With Kyoku Tracey Walen and Katheleen Avila
    Tuesdays, September 28-October 25
    7-8 pm CT
    ZOOM
    Pay what you can, minimum $5
    Value: $200
     
    This class offers an exploration of the fundamental teaching of the Buddha commonly known as the “Four Noble Truths.”
     
    The Buddha’s Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Noble Path are the foundation for our path to spiritual maturity. Looking closely, we can see that they are directives for action. They are the fundamental “tasks” for our journey. We’ll explore this teaching as a way of awakening relevant to every aspect of our lives.
     
    This class is an important starting point for Buddhist study and practice, and people with substantial experience can benefit from a new consideration of this central teaching.
     
    Zoom link will be sent by the day before the first class.
     
    Classes and sesshin fees are pay-what-you-can. To help cover administrative costs and activate online registration, the minimum amount we ask is $5.00
     
    When considering what to pay Clouds in Water for this offering, please know that the value of this offering is estimated to be $200
     
    Online registration ends 9/26/2021
     
    If you wish to register after 9/26/2021 please contact the assistant directly at kyoku.walen@cloudsinwater.org.  Please note that you may not get an immediate response.
     
  • 2021 October Intro to Meditation and Zen Buddhism Taizan
    With Taizan Alford
    Saturday, October 16
    9am-11:00am CT
    In-person and on Zoom
    Pay what you can, minimum $5
    Value: $25
     
    Clouds in Water requires face covering for all public gatherings in our building. Six feet distance will be maintained.
     
    This class offers an introduction to meditation and Zen Buddhism. We will cover how to meditate, how to set up a meditation space at home, basic Buddhist terms and teachings, and an overview of the Clouds in Water community. There will also be time for practice and conversation. 
     
     
    Classes and sesshin fees are pay-what-you-can. To help cover administrative costs and activate online registration, the minimum amount we ask is $5.00.  
     
    When considering what to pay Clouds in Water for this offering, please know that the value of this offering is estimated to be $25
     
    Online registration ends 10/14/2021
     
    If you wish to register after 10/14/2021 please contact the teacher directly at taizan@cloudsinwater.org.  Please note that you may not get an immediate response.
     
  • 2021 Oct 2-Day Sesshin Sosan
    October 2-Day Sesshin
    With Sosan Flynn
    Oct 8, 7pm - Oct. 10, 6pm CT
    In-person and on Zoom
    Pay what you can, minimum $5
    Value: $300
     
    Vaccination required for In-Person sesshin participation. Clouds in Water requires face covering for all gatherings in our building. Six feet distance will be maintained. In-person sesshin registration will be capped at 15 participants.
     
    At check-out, you will be prompted to select Zoom or In-person participation. In-person participation is first-come, first-served. All other registrations will be for Zoom participation.
     
    Sesshin, which means “collecting the heart/mind”, provides a rare chance to step into a sanctuary of stillness, to close the door for a little while on the cacophony, and to appreciate the freedom and spaciousness of life in the present. Whether you are a beginner or experienced practitioner, we hope you will consider joining this wonderful practice.
     
    Schedule will be sent to participants before the event.
     
    Classes and sesshin fees are pay-what-you-canPlease note that a $5 donation is needed 
     
    When considering what to pay Clouds in Water for this sesshin, please know that the value of this offering is estimated to be $300
     
    Online registration ends 10/6/2021
     
    If you wish to register after 10/6/2021 please contact the ino (sesshin coordinator) directly at seikai@cloudsinwater.org.  Please note that you may not get an immediate response.
     
     
  • 2021 Nov Half-day Sesshin Sosan
    November Half-day Sesshin
    With Sosan Flynn
    Nov. 13, 6:30 am - Noon CT
    In-person and on Zoom
    Pay what you can, minimum $5
    Value: $100
     
    Vaccination required for In-Person sesshin participation. Clouds in Water requires face covering for all gatherings in our building. Six feet distance will be maintained. In-person sesshin registration will be capped at 15 participants.
     
    At check-out, you will be prompted to select Zoom or In-person participation. In-person participation is first-come, first-served. All other registrations will be for Zoom participation. 
     
    Sesshin, which means “collecting the heart/mind”, provides a rare chance to step into a sanctuary of stillness, to close the door for a little while on the cacophony, and to appreciate the freedom and spaciousness of life in the present. Whether you are a beginner or experienced practitioner, we hope you will consider joining this wonderful practice.
     
    Schedule and Zoom link will be sent to participants before the event.
     
    Classes and sesshin fees are pay-what-you-can. To help cover administrative costs and activate online registration, the minimum amount we ask is $5.00
     
    When considering what to pay Clouds in Water for this sesshin, please know that the value of this offering is estimated to be $100
     
    Online registration ends 11/11/2021
     
    If you wish to register after 11/11/2021 please contact the ino (sesshin coordinator) directly at seikai@cloudsinwater.org.  Please note that you may not get an immediate response.
     
     
  • 2021 November Intro to Meditation and Zen Buddhism
    Saturday, November 20
    9am-11:00am CT
    In-person and on Zoom
    Pay what you can, minimum $5
    Value: $25
     
    Clouds in Water requires face covering for all public gatherings in our building. Six feet distance will be maintained.
     
    This class offers an introduction to meditation and Zen Buddhism. We will cover how to meditate, how to set up a meditation space at home, basic Buddhist terms and teachings, and an overview of the Clouds in Water community. There will also be time for practice and conversation. 
     
     
    Classes and sesshin fees are pay-what-you-can. To help cover administrative costs and activate online registration, the minimum amount we ask is $5.00.  
     
    When considering what to pay Clouds in Water for this offering, please know that the value of this offering is estimated to be $25
     
    Online registration ends 11/18/2021
     
    If you wish to register after 11/18/2021 please contact the teacher directly at info@cloudsinwater.org.  Please note that you may not get an immediate response.
     
  • Installment Payments
    $10 minimum.
    Please note what the payment is for in the notes/memo area or use the class code e.g. Begin with Your Body, use the code body20