Sewing Buddha’s Robe: Dharma talk by visiting priest Catherine Gammon, April 12


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Join us in welcoming visiting priest Catherine Gammon for this Wednesday evening program. Catherine will be giving a dharma talk on bodhisattva practice and the practice of sewing.

This talk precedes the sewing retreat of April 14-16 in which the students currently preparing for the ceremony of receiving precepts will begin to sew their rakusu, the small Buddha robe worn by lay practitioners and priests.

Catherine Gammon 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. Catherine trained in residence at Green Gulch Farm and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center between 2000 and 2011, and has frequently returned to Green Gulch for shorter terms of residence. She has led retreats as visiting priest to the Dancing Mountains Sangha in the UK and is a regular visiting priest to Zen Center North Shore in Beverly, Massachusetts. During 2013 she gave classes and served as ino and sewing teacher at Brooklyn Zen Center.

Catherine is also a fiction writer and has offered her Writing as a Wisdom Project retreats at various venues in the UK, in Massachusetts, in Pittsburgh, as well as at BZC and at Green Gulch. Catherine’s novel Sorrow (Braddock Avenue Books, 2013) was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. Her earlier novel Isabel Out of the Rain was published in 1991, and her shorter fiction has appeared in many literary journals. Before entering residential Zen training, Catherine taught in the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh, and now lives in Pittsburgh once again.