Release from Anger – July 8

Release from Anger
with Taizan Alford
Saturday July 8th, 9am – 12pm CT
In-person only and on Zoom

We all have moments when anger arises. Something doesn’t go as we expected it to, someone is rude or mean to us, blames us for something we didn’t do, or harms us in some way. Our anger may turn outwards, causing us to react with hurtful words or deeds, or it may turn inward, causing tension, stress or depression. However it manifests, anger is a poison, polluting our own happiness and that of those around us. What can we do about it?

In this half-day workshop, we will learn and practice ways to free ourselves from anger’s hold on us – not ignoring, not indulging but instead seeing through to the roots of anger and transforming it into wisdom.  We’ll examine the real unmet needs that are fueling our anger, come to know our hot buttons, and cultivate a sense of humor to help us through.

Taizan was ordained as a Soto Zen priest by Sosan Flynn in 2016, and completed shuso in 2021. Taizan’s journey with meditation began on the yogic path in the early 1980s after getting sober. He has been to India, studied Ayurveda, and taught yoga since 1998. Taizan spent three months as a resident at Zen Mountain Monastery in 2020 Taizan’s focus in Soto Zen Buddhism is on how zazen, taking refuge and loving kindness can heal old wounds and help create less suffering for individuals and their communities. He is an associate member of the Teacher Ryo at Clouds. Taizan is committed to long-term recovery from addiction, healing from trauma, and not creating more suffering. Taizan is deeply grateful for his loving and supportive husband Tom.

Clouds in Water relies on a Gift Economics Model of resource transparency, suggested sliding scale tiers and no set fees in order to balance financial sustainability, the Buddhist practice of generosity, justice and equity. Clouds in Water is a community supported temple, relying primarily on the donations and class fees that our sangha offers.

Sliding Scale (All are welcome. No one will be turned away for lack of funds)

  • Level 1: $150 (covers teacher payments, and Clouds admin/staffing, and makes it possible for more people to attend who cannot afford the full amount)
  • Level 2: $95 (covers teacher payments and Clouds admin/staffing)
  • Level 3: $40 (covers Clouds admin/staffing)
  • Your Level: You choose the amount. No one is turned away due to inability to pay.

“We know in our hearts that there is a different way to be, a different way to live. Our generosity with one another is indeed resistance to the greed and fear that oppresses us. We provide for one another out of love for each other and love for ourselves. When we give, we acknowledge that all beings want to be happy.”
-Jacoby Ballard

Online registration ends 7/6/2023

If you wish to register after 7/6/2023 please contact the event coordinator at  Please note that you may not get an immediate response.