Writing as a Wisdom Project

  • When: June 29, 2014 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Where: Brooklyn Zen Center
  • Details:

    Combining meditation and stories from the Zen tradition with the practice of imaginative writing, this early summer retreat invites intimate and creative study of the mind.

    Engaging freely with language as an opportunity to receive, express, study, and reveal our own presently arising body and mind, we will write together from provocations and read aloud, listen, and respond to one another’s words. Our writings and responses are explorations, and our conversations are based in imaginative insight rather than craft or critique. Our time together will be intimate and playful, and will offer everyone opportunities for participation and discussion.

    The day is appropriate for participants at any level of writing experience. Our time is structured to include informal periods of reflection and formal periods of silent meditation as practiced in the Zen tradition. Meditation instruction will be offered as needed.

    Please arrive at Brooklyn Zen Center by 8:45 a.m. in order to begin promptly at 9:00.

    Please bring something to share with others for lunch.

    The cost of the workshop will be $60 for the day. Please register here:

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    Catherine Gammon is a fiction writer, writing teacher, and Soto Zen priest. She has published two novels, Sorrow (2013) and Isabel Out of the Rain (1991), as well as a collection of stories, Beauty and the Beast (2012). Catherine’s shorter fiction has appeared in literary journals for many years, and she has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Before entering formal Zen training, Catherine taught in the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh.

    Beginning in 2000, Catherine trained for ten years in residence at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. She was ordained as a priest by Tenshin Reb Anderson Roshi in 2005, and served as shuso, or head monk, for the Spring 2010 practice period at Green Dragon Temple/Green Gulch Farm. In 2010 and 2012, Catherine was visiting priest to the Dancing Mountains Sangha in the U.K. , and in winter and spring of 2013 she joined us at Brooklyn Zen Center to serve as Ino and sewing teacher.

    Catherine has offered Writing as a Wisdom Project at various venues in the U.K., at Green Gulch Farm, Marblehead Zen Center, and at Stillpoint Zen Community in Pittsburgh, as well as at BZC.