Practicing Simplicity: An Introduction to Zen Practice
Katharine Kaufman and Michael Wood
March 1–3, 2019
Settle into your own nature by simply sitting. The emphasis during this weekend retreat will be the practice of “zazen”, sitting meditation. In the style of Zen Sesshin, we will rise early and bring every aspect of our day into our practice, including walking meditation, and afternoon chores. We will introduce the practices of silence and chanting, delight in the practice of haiku poetry, hear dharma teachings and have the opportunity to discuss our experience over afternoon tea together.
This weekend retreat is in the Soto Zen lineage, which emphasizes sitting meditation, and is open to beginners as well as those with experience.
Katharine Kaufman is a priest ordained in the Soto Zen lineage and teaches meditation, writing workshops, yoga, and contemplative dance in Boulder, Colorado and at Shambhala Mountain Center. She taught for many years at The Yoga Workshop and Studio Be in Boulder. Katharine is an adjunct professor at Naropa University. She holds MFAs in Performance/Choreography and Writing/Poetics.
Michael Wood is a writer, translator, and professor of World Languages and Cultures. His doctoral training is in early modern Japanese literary and visual culture and he has published poetry, interviews, and other shorter works. Living between Japan and the US for the past 25 years, he has taught at many universities and serves as the Director of the Japanese Studies Program at Chapman University.