Clouds In Water Zen Center

 

A vibrant urban community in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition dedicated to awakening the heart of great wisdom and compassion

We welcome people of all backgrounds and faiths

 

Join us on Zoom for programs and regular meditation during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Spring Practice Period: Opening the Heart of Wonder – Apr 6-May 11

Practice Period is a time when members of our community come together to support each other in making deeper commitments to daily practice. This practice period, you are invited to take refuge in the heart of boundless compassion and open to the heart of wonder. Practice period includes a weekly meeting to study the Heart Sutra, regular email updates, and the opportunity to connect with a practice period partner and/or small group.

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LAND BACK: Sitting and Moving in Sacred Relationship – Apr 16-17

We invite you to cultivate new belonging to self, community, and earth. This gathering is an experience of sitting and moving in right relationship to place, guided by the retreat practice of Clouds in Water Zen Center. You will practice inner quietude and stillness, expansive mindful movement, and placing yourself in the momentum of land back—the healing path of rematriation of land. This special April retreat is co-led by Clouds guiding teacher Sosan Theresa Flynn, in collaboration with Don’t You Feel It Too?, a 13-year public movement project for embodied liberation, led by behavioral artist Marcus Young 楊墨 and many others. The retreat will include the participation of students from HECUA’s Art for Social Change program.

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Intro to Meditation and Zen Buddhism – Apr 24

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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Half-Day Sitting – May 1

Join us for an extended meditation and community connection on Zoom. The morning will include three 30-minute periods of sitting meditation, interspersed with Chi Gong (guided movement) and walking meditation, and closing with chanting of the Heart Sutra.

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Advanced Council Facilitator Training – May 15

In this workshop, we will address the needs of group facilitators who are using council practice. We will use role play and discussion of scenarios to increase our skills. This workshop is open to those who have taken one of the workshops on council practice offered through Clouds in Water, or by permission of the instructor.

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Intro to Meditation and Zen Buddhism – May 22

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.

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Memorial Day Weekend Sesshin – May 27-30

This unique sesshin will include a blend of in-person outdoor Chi Gong and outdoor mindful walking with Zoom meditation, dharma talks, chanting and council practice. As with many of our Zoom-based sesshins, this sesshin is “open” in that you can choose your level of participation – one or more days, mornings only, or any combination.

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Classes

Dharma Talks

2021-03-11: The Four Dharma Seals – March Sesshin Talk #1

Dharma talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn on Thursday, March 11, 2021. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

2021-03-07: The Importance of Impermanence

Dharma talk by Kyoku Tracey Walen on Sunday, March 7, 2021. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

2021-02-28: Remembering Myosen Carl Kosinski

Dharma talk by Myo On Susan Hagler on Sunday, February 28, 2021 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

2021-02-21: Falling Down and Standing Up in the Midst of Boundless Openness

A teacher who makes a mistake can apologize and make amends. We can all learn together about the gift of non-separation.
Dharma talk by Sosan Theresa Flynn on Sunday, February 21, 2021.

2021-02-14: This Mind Is the Way

Dharma talk by Onryu Kennedy on Sunday, February 14, 2021. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

2021-02-07: Taking Refuge: 3 Months in a Monastery and I’m Still Me, or Am I?

Dharma talk by Taizan Alford on Sunday, February 7, 2021 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe Apple Podcasts | RSS | More

New To Zen Buddhism?

Learn about practicing at Clouds in Water and read some basic advice on meditation.

Member of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association