Breath and Balance: A Series of Meditation Workshops for Students at Stanford's Windhover Contemplative Center
Sponsored By Roble Hall and the Office of Religious Life
Stanford offers no end of things to do. Breath and Balance seeks to help students take some time out from doing – to build a practice in just being. The workshop series will introduce a variety of meditation practices. The workshops are free of charge. All Stanford students, regardless of meditation experience, are welcome.
This session is titled "Zen Meditation" and will be led by Zachary Smith, teacher and priest from the SF Zen Center. Zachary Smith will explore and practice basic Zen meditation techniques during his workshop and lead a discussion on how to have a practice while living your everyday life, whether you are standing, walking, sitting or lying down. Zachary started Zen practice in 1993 at San Francisco Zen Center. He received lay ordination (jukai) in 1995 and was shuso or "head monk" - a ceremonial position that generally marks the transition into teaching - in Fall 2007. With permission from his teacher Paul Haller, he started sewing a priest's robe in 2011 and, on completion, celebrated full priest ordination (shukke tokudo) in Fall of 2014. With the exception of a few periods of residential monastic practice, most of his training has been carried in the context of a "normal" life including marriage, family and career. In addition to an active engagement as a teacher and priest at SF Zen Center, Zachary has led North Mountain Zendo - a neighborhood meditation group in North Beach - since Fall of 2009 and has been involved in teaching meditation in a clinical setting in San Francisco's Tenderloin district since 2011.
Please dress comfortably. Cushions are available on a first come, first serve basis. Feel free to bring your own cushion.