2020 Spring Practice Period • Mindful Speech & Deep Listening

With Sosan Flynn
March 25 – May 6 Group meetings every other Wednesday,  7 – 9:00 pm.
Option practice period booklet: 2020 Booklet Spring PP

$50 – $100
Please do not let cost be an obstacle to your participation.
Email ed [at] cloudsinwater [dot] org for partial fee waiver.

During our spring practice period we will look deeply into the ways we create happiness or suffering with the words we speak, and by how we listen. We will learn and practice active listening from a Zen Buddhist perspective, and learn the art of “flower watering” in our speech.

We will study excerpts from the book For a Future to be Possible by Thich Nhat Hanh (purchase of the book is optional). The course will include presentations by the instructor, discussion, and suggestions for home practice. Each session will also include a half-hour of meditation practice.

In addition to attending the Wednesday night meetings, practice period participants are encouraged to commit to daily meditation at home and/or at Clouds in Water and to participate in other activities, including classes, volunteering, participation in children and youth practice, and the April 3-4 sesshin with Don’t You Feel It Too?



About Buddhist Practice Periods:

The tradition of intensive or focused periods of practice is common to virtually all schools of Buddhism. In the Japanese Zen tradition these practice periods are known as ango (peaceful dwelling). This time tested training is an opportunity for practitioners to clarify their spiritual intentions, to deepen their realization and to more fully integrate their practice life by dedicating themselves to a specific and focused time and tenor of Buddhist practice. Returning in this way to the three treasures of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha the entire community is upheld and revitalized.

It is important to be realistic about our responsibilities and maintain balance in home, work and spiritual life. From that understanding, participants in the practice period are asked to design a practice intention that will push them beyond their current level of commitment, is doable given their circumstances and preserves and respects family, health and work.