The Practice-Realization of the Pāramitās in Upright Sitting: Feb 14 – May 16

Event Details

This event finished on 16 May 2019

A eight-week class led by Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan

Thursdays from February 14 to May 16
Class Dates:  2/14, 2/28, 3/14, 3/28, 4/11, 4/25, 5/9 and 5/16. Please note that the class occurs every two weeks, except one week between the last two classes. 
Class time: Optional sitting 6:30-7pm. Class from 7:15– 8:45pm.

The Practice-Realization of the Pāramitās in Upright Sitting

This eight-week class will offer physical practices which support the upright sitting posture of zazen. They will be presented in relationship to the Pāramitās, a basic Mahāyāna Buddhist teaching. Each class will offer one hour of experiential and preparatory physical practices, followed by 30 minutes of discussion. A 30-minute period of zazen (from 6:30-7pm) precedes each session and is open to all.

This class will be offered in alternation with Greg Snyder’s Following the Spring Wind: Training in the Six Pāramitās class.

The following is the schedule of meetings:

February 14: Introduction to Upright Sitting in Zazen
February 28: Generosity in Upright Sitting
March 14: Integrity (Ethical Practice) in Upright Sitting
March 28: Acceptance (Patience) in Upright Sitting
April 11: Engagement (Energy) in Upright Sitting
April 25: Open Awareness (Meditation) in Upright Sitting
May 9: Skillful Means, Devotion (Vow), Stability (Strength), and Knowledge in Upright Sitting
May 16: The Wisdom (Prajñā) of Upright Sitting

Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat to each class, if you have one.

Class fee:  Sustaining: $200 /  Base: $150 / Members (more than 3 months): $110

To register, please click here. Please note that registration for this class closes Thursday, February 14 at 11:59PM.

Please note our cancellation policy: To request a refund for this event, you must notify BZC in writing at least one week before the beginning of the course or event. Refunds are issued for any and all cancellations up to seven days before an event less a $10 processing fee. Less than seven days before an event, we do not offer refunds. There are no refunds for events with registration fees under $50.

About Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan

Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan is Tanto (Head of Practice) at Brooklyn Zen Center. Shokuchi received training in Soto Zen practice as a resident of San Francisco Zen Center for 12 yearswas ordained as a priest in the Shunryu Suzuki lineage by Tenshin Reb Anderson in 2010, and was Shuso (head monk) with Abbess Eijun Linda Cutts in 2014 at San Francisco Zen Center/Green Gulch Farm. She has been teaching yoga in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1988, as well as co-leading Zen and Yoga retreats at Tassajara and Green Gulch Farm since 2002.

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