This class offers an introduction to meditation and Zen Buddhism. We will cover how to meditate, how to set up a meditation space at home, basic Buddhist terms and teachings, and an overview of the Clouds in Water community. There will also be time for practice and conversation.

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Engaging with the Cries of the World: We are invited during this intensive to investigate with curiosity how our practice supports our lived experiences. Engaged Buddhist practices invite us to connect more deeply with practice realization. How do we engage more fully with the cries of the world in relationship to ourselves, family, friends and beyond. How do we in the midst of chaos and confusion anchor ourselves and all beings in spiritual stability? We will practice together with these questions. Zazen, council practice, and dharma talks will be offered during this intensive.

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In Zen meditation, we practice openness and letting go. How can we bring this openness and letting go into our relationships with others, while at the same time saying what needs to be said? One way is by learning council practice. The council practice form of listening and speaking from the heart is one that we use regularly at Clouds in Water. Come learn how to open to the mind of magnanimity, joy and kindness through this wonderful, connecting practice.

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