Special Offering

Of Lotuses and Mud: The Subtle Wisdom and Fierce Creativity of Dharma-Driven Female Ancestors

October 26, 2024

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location
Boundless Mind Temple
326 Clinton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
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Description

One-Day Workshop with Dr. Paula Arai

While much of Buddhist history as it’s taught today focuses on male monastic practices, women and lay practitioners have always been, and continue to be, the main people who keep traditions alive and contemporarily relevant. Their contributions are integral to religious institutions and the social spheres beyond them in daily lives, homes, and communities.

In these retreats, Dr Arai will share teachings from the lives and practices of these skillful and resilient women ancestors, both historical and contemporary; and the nine principles of liberating power she has distilled from them.  We will take time together to reflect on these teachings, as well as the women and feminist archetypes and principles in our own lives; and to engage and embody rituals that emerge from them.

This workshop is supported by The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism, as part of a focus on Women in Buddhism.


BZC is committed to offering classes, workshops, and retreats on a sliding scale in an aspiration to move towards equity within our sangha. To that end, we offer an equitable pricing model as a mindfulness practice and a mirror of our relations to histories of wealth. Please see the Equitable Pricing Model to determine your registration rate level.

If you’re unable to pay at the lowest rate, please use this form to apply for an exemption.

If you have any questions or concerns about registration, please contact us here.

The registration deadline is October 24.


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COVID Protocol: We ask that all participants be fully vaccinated and boosted. Masks are optional. Please see the BZC Covid Protocol for more information.

Our Location: Boundless Mind Temple is located in the Parish House of Christ Church Cobble Hill, next to 326 Clinton Street. Enter the driveway on Clinton, go past the scaffolding, and through the double doors. There are two flights of stairs leading to the center, located on the second floor. The closest subway stop is the F/G at Bergen Street.

Instructor

Paula Arai was raised in Detroit by a Japanese mother and did Zen training in Japan. She obtained her Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Harvard University in 1993 and is now the Eshinni & Kakushinni Professor of Women and Buddhist Studies at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, California. She is the author of Bringing Zen Home: The Healing Heart of Japanese Women’s Rituals, Women Living Zen: Japanese Soto Buddhist Nuns, and Painting Enlightenment: Healing Visions of the Heart Sutra.

Fee
$50-$125
Questions?
info@brooklynzen.org

To request a refund for this program you must notify BZC in writing at least 2 days before the beginning of the program. This supports the organizing effort involved in managing registrations and cancellations.

We are in an historical building which is not wheelchair accessible. There are two flights of stairs leading to the center, located on the second floor. Chairs, benches, and extra support cushions are available. If you have any additional questions about accessibility, please contact us at info@brooklynzen.org.
Of Lotuses and Mud: The Subtle Wisdom and Fierce Creativity of Dharma-Driven Female Ancestors
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