This Course is Now Available With a Live Discussion Series
Anshi Zachary Smith will be offering a 4-Week Discussion Series together with this course, Thursdays, March 2 - March 23, 2023 from 5:30 -6:30pm Pacific.
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The heart of Zen
goes beyond words and phrases.
So What is Zen?
It’s a direct, felt experience of life,
precious moment after precious moment,
eternal breath by eternal breath.
Zen is a tiny word that’s tossed about by just everyone to describe just about everything from gardens to spa treatments to blissed-out mystical experiences.
This four-week introductory self-guided course, taught by Zen teacher Anshi Zachary Smith, offers a concise history of Zen: its origins, teachings and practice.
Gain an understanding of Dhayana, Chan, Zen, and the meaning of concentrated practice.
Explore how everything of significance in the pursuit of the way happens in relationship.
Including a wide breadth of articles to provide support for your learning of key Buddhist concepts.
Context matters. Discover Zen as a living tradition, transformed through the cultures and societies that have embraced it.
About Your Instructor
Anshi Daigi Zachary Smith has been practicing Zen since 1993. He took jukai in 1995, was Shuso (Head Student) in 2007, ordained as a Zen priest in 2014 and received Dharma Transmission on April 17, 2019, all with former abbot and Senior Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller. He currently directs North Mountain Zendo, a zazenkai (sitting) group in North Beach. In addition to his involvement with Zen, Zachary is a husband, a father of four, an engineer, a musician, a bike fanatic, and an avid but mediocre poet. He may be the only person in the history of Zen in the West to have interrupted a residential practice period to tour with a rock band.
- About the Instructor: Why Study Zen Buddhism? (3:28)
- Buddhism's Origins in a Period of Cultural Ferment (6:20)
- Buddhism Offers a Solution for the Human Condition (5:07)
- The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path (2:37)
- Karma and Rebirth (4:27)
- Causation, Emptiness, and Interdependence (3:58)
- Mahayana Buddhism and the Heart Sutra (2:19)
- Buddhism Collides with Taoism (4:02)
- Mahayana Buddhism in China (3:17)
- Koans (3:30)
- Week 1 Resources: From Buddha’s First Sermon to the Heart Sutra
- Two Axioms - Relationships and the Study of the Mind (3:43)
- Life in the Monastery - Forms and Ceremonies (5:37)
- What is Zazen? A Guided Instruction (15:19)
- Hara (1:57)
- Intensive vs. Daily Practice (2:02)
- Eyes Open vs. Eyes Closed and the Story of the Giant Fish (3:52)
- Practicing With Back Pain and Nerve Irritation (2:41)
- Waking Up - Posture, Presence and Awareness (4:54)
- Reading for Next Week and Practice Suggestions (1:03)
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