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Taking Our Seat: A Retreat for People of Color (Jun/ CC)
Sunday, June 10, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, United States
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
with Rev. Keiryu Liên Shutt, assisted by Chinh Nguyen
Conference Center, 308 Page Street
Sitting together for nourishment and strength.
As people of color we live in a system of oppression, facing injustices daily. How can we practice in healthy and wholesome ways with the resulting dis-ease and suffering that often arise from these conditions? Dharma teachings give us guidance and methods which can support and empower us.
In this one-day retreat, we will meditate and engage in the Dharma. Practitioners of all levels are welcomed. In the morning, we will settle into the fundamentals of sitting and walking meditation practices, learning how to build stability and capacity to be with our pain and suffering as well as ease and joy. In the afternoon, we will focus on mindful sharing and interactions as we focus on community visioning, building and strengthening.
Lunch on Sundays at City Center: On Sundays the residents at City Center take a break from the usual schedule, and the kitchen staff have their one day off. Because of this tradition we do not provide lunch on Sunday. We welcome you to bring your vegetarian lunch into our dining room or eat in our courtyards during your break. Also, there are several restaurants within a few blocks of Zen Center.
Keiryu Liên Shutt
Rev. Keiryu Liên Shutt, LCSW, was ordained in 2005 with Zenkei Blanche Hartman. Born into a Buddhist family in Vietnam, she began her meditation practice in the Insight tradition of Spirit Rock. She is a founding member of the Buddhists of Color, founded in 1998. Her Soto Zen training began at San Francisco Zen Center's monastery at Tassajara where she lived from 2002-2006, after which she practiced monastically for a year in the Soto Zen traditions at Hosshinji in Obama, Japan, and in the Truc Lam/Bamboo Forest Zen tradition in Da Lat, Vietnam. While she has placed her trust and faith in Zen, she continues to enjoy the deep silence of Insight practices, so has completed silent retreats in America and in Thailand.
Chinh Nguyen has practiced in the traditions of Soto Zen, Shambala and is an ordained member with the Order of Interbeing, established by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. He is Co-Vice-President of Mindful Peacebuilding, a non-profit organization that gives attention to mindfulness, honoring inclusiveness, developing peacebuilding skills, strengthening the capacity for deep listening and loving speech. Chinh studies Ikebana at the San Francisco Shambala Center. He believes that flower arranging can be playful, satisfying and fun.
To inquire, please email the City Center Front Office at email@example.com or call them at 415.863.3136 during office hours: 9:30am- 4:00pm Monday-Friday.
- For help completing registration, please call 888-743-9362 (toll free) or 415-475-9362
For more information, please visit the San Francisco Zen Center web site or call:
- 888-743-9362 (toll free) or
- 415-475-9362 during the hours:
M-F: 8am to 5pm
Sat: 9:30am to 3pm
Closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:30pm (each day)
We are adding online registration for most of the events at City Center and Green Gulch Farm. This is an extended trial, and we'd like to hear from you. How well is it working and how might we improve it? Please let us know what you think!
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When & Where
San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC)
Established in 1962 by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and his American students, San Francisco Zen Center is a Soto Zen Buddhist community with three practice places in the SF Bay Area: City Center, an urban temple in the heart of San Francisco; Green Gulch Farm, in Marin County, where fertile fields meet the ocean; and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the first Zen training monastery in the West, in the Ventana Wilderness inland from Big Sur. At San Francisco Zen Center, zazen, study, and work practice are available to a diverse population of students, visitors, lay people, priests, and monks. All are welcome!