with Rachel Boughton at the Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center April 16 – May 21, 6 Wednesdays from 7-9pm
There are sayings, snippets of conversation, questions, parts of poems and even stories that are called Zen koans. Koans serve as a way of opening up your experience of life, they undermine the way you usually think about things, and reveal surprising or beautiful aspects of reality.
The Zen koan schools began a millennium ago and the koans are to be found in collections with titles like “The Blue Cliff Record” or “The Gateless Gate”. Koans are meant to change the way you understand things in a real and irreversible way, like seeing through a door that had previously been closed.
This is a 6 session class for anyone who would like to delve into the practice of koans and meditation, and would like make that practice come naturally and easily. You don’t need to be a beginner, although you can be. The class works for anyone who wants to go deeper into their own life, to have a greater appreciation and facility with the way things come and go, and with our own minds. This class is an extension of the 4 week Meditation for Anyone class, including some of the same material but taking time to go further into koans and koan practice. It covers some of the material from the original Count the Stars koan class, with more emphasis on the basics of meditation. Come as you are, you need no preparation to meditate. You will learn many different ways that you can have a meditation practice: sitting, standing, walking around, stopped in traffic, too busy to think straight, or at peace in the garden. Here is meditation without having to believe in anything or having to do it right. You will learn some ancient wisdom and some practical tips and all the necessary pieces of a portable meditation practice that you can use wherever you go and in whatever life you have. Cost: $120 non members, $100 members. Scholarships are available for this class, just contact the registrar if you need one.
Cost: $95 Scholarships available. Registration limited to 12 people, sign up early