Variety

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For the next 5 Mondays we will have a variety of teachers and topics.

As many of you know, I will be off to Costa Rica soon so there will be variety until December! The format stays our usual: 30 sit, 30 Dharma talk & 30 Q&A. Talks will be available as either audio or video.

October 27:    Me

Topic Fukanzazengi Dogen’s treatise on zazen & practice-realization

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November 3:    Me

Topic:   Gone Girl and the Fukanzazengi
Yup, you read right. We started studying the Fukanzazengi last Monday and what felt most enlivened in our Q&A was stuff about relationships/interactions….. So yes, I’m going to relate points from the Fukanzazengi to the movie.   No kidding!

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November 10:    Chinh Nguyen
Chinh has practiced in the traditions of Soto Zen, Shambala and is an ordained member with the Order of Interbeing, established by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. He is Co-Vice-President of Mindful Peacebuilding, a non-profit organization that gives attention to mindfulness, honoring inclusiveness, developing peacebuilding skills, strengthening the capacity for deep listening and loving speech.

Topic:   Meditation for Action in Daily Life

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November 17:    Rev. Konin Melissa Cardenas
Konin began the practice of Zen meditation in 1987, and was ordained a Soto Zen priest in Japan by Sekkei Harada Roshi in 2007. She lived at Tassajara and City Center for several years. Shosan Victoria Austin is her senior practice leader. Currently Konin is the leader of the SFZC group Dharma en Español, and co-chair of the SFZC Cultural Awareness and Inclusivity Committee. She works at the Institute of Buddhist Studies and at San Francisco Zen Center. She is also an amateur calligrapher and sumi-e painter.

Topic:  Giving the Gift of Fearlessness

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Konin offers a correction to this talk. The phrase “The Way is perfect and all pervading” is the first line of Dogen’s Fukanzazengi “A Universal Recommendation for Zazen,” not Genjokoan “Absolute Questions of Everyday Life.”

* The kanji character “kan” in “Mumonkan” translates as “barrier,” thus the title could be rendered the “Gateless barrier.”

November 24:    I’m back

Topic:  When a Bodhisattva was a Tourist: Traveling with the 3 Marks of Existence

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Enjoy! Rev. Lien
 ** PS: There’s been a change in plans: December 2014 & January 2015, we will be studying The Heart Sutra

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