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2020 Clouds in Water Registration
  • Intro to Meditation and Zen Buddhism
    with Sosan Flynn
    Saturday, August 29 • 9:30 am - Noon
    Pay what you can
    If you are new to meditation, please plan to attend this free workshop: Learn how to meditate, how to set up your meditation space at home, and some of the basics of Zen Buddhism.
    This class will be offered through Zoom. Link information will be emailed before the class.
  • Dharma Inspiration for Everyday Life
    with Myoshin Diane Benjamin
    September 17 - October 8 • 7:00 - 8:30 pm
    This class is open to anyone looking for inspiration for their daily home practice, and anyone seeking spiritual support during the difficult times in which we find ourselves. It will be based on three classic, short Zen texts – Shih T’ou’s Song of the Grass Roof Hermitage, Dogen’s Eihei Koso Hotsuganmon, and Hakuin’s Song of Zazen – along with contemporary poems from Katagiri Roshi, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Zenju Earthlyn Manuel.
  • September Sesshin
    Theme: Awakening Together, based on book by Larry Yang
    with Sosan Flynn
    Sept. 18 - Sept. 19 • Friday 7:30 pm - Saturday 4:30 pm
    Our sense of belonging supports our ability to be present, bear witness and also to let go of clinging to a false sense of a separate self. On the base of belonging and safety, the transformative practice of liberation and awakening can happen. With gratitude for the wisdom of Larry Yang in his book Awakening Together, Sosan's dharma talks will focus on the spiritual practice of inclusivity and community.
    Classes and sesshin fees are pay-what-you-can. To help cover adminstrative costs, the minimum amount we ask is $1.
  • Begin with Your Body: Zen Practice and Racialized Trauma
    Facilitated by: Sosan Flynn and Chee Xiong
    Wednesdays, Oct. 14 through May 13 • 7 - 9 pm.
    (Note: no class on Nov 26, Dec. 3, 24, 31, & Jan. 28)
    Connecting with our bodies is critically important for our work in the arena of social and racial justice. It is equally important to connect with our bodies in the practice of Zen. In this eight-month seminar, we will engage deeply with Zen meditation while inviting ourselves to awaken to the racialized trauma in our own bodies. Only when we wake up to our suffering can we allow it to be transformed. Only when we connect with our own bodies can we truly access compassion for others. 
    This seminar will include break-out groups based on racial affinity, i.e., different small groups for those who identify as white and those who identify as persons of color. This is to allow participants to have a sense of safety in processing difficult topics/experiences. Complete information here.
    Classes and sesshin fees are pay-what-you-can. To help cover adminstrative costs, the minimum amount we ask is $1.
  • Registration - Special Requests
    $10 minimum.
    Please note what the payment is for in the notes/memo area.