One of the fundamental teachings of Zen is that awakening can only be found right in the midst of one's everyday life. Yet one might wonder whether that teaching is still true in the midst of a modern life that seems pushed and pulled by so many pressures, so many activites. This workshop will explore the Zen teachings on how to discover that the absolute and the relative co-exist peacefully right here, in this body and mind. The key is inquiry, which we will begin during our time together. The day will include a discussion of excerpts from Eihei Dogen Zenji's "Instructions to the Head Cook" and a koan from Sekkei Harada Roshi's "Unfathomable Depths: Drawing Wisdom for Today from a Classical Zen Poem." No previous Zen practice is necessary in order to benefit from this workshop.
The workshop will take place at the American Buddhist Study Center, 331 Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10025. Call them at (212) 864-7424 to register.