Zen Focusing- Training Course

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This course will be led by Roshis Genki and Genmitsu Kahn, Sensei Paul Kisho Stern and Dharma Holder Trish Kojindo Johnson. Senior Zen practitioners from the Zen Garland Order will serve as support staff.

Zen and Focusing both teach a way of being, the Practice of Presence to what is. Reality! Enlightenment is not something we attain, but something we do that brings us into intimate connection with the flow of life.

Focusing brings to Zen a meditative way of finding, being with, reintegrating and healing wounded and split-off parts of ourselves that most spiritual practices do not address, but bypass! We are all stuck in certain views, patterns and vulnerabilities that cause is and those around us suffering. The practice of Focusing allows us to be aware of and listen to the deepest personal aspects of ourselves where the threads of emotion, memory, thought and behavior intertwine. Focusing brings gentle, compassionate, special attention to these tangles and allows new ways of being to emerge.

Zen practice from beginning to traceless trace is to know ourselves deeply, or as Maezumi Roshi put it, “Be really intimate with yourself.” Emotional blocks must be dealt with on the path of spiritual and human development.

Eugene Gendlin created Focusing from micro studies of psychotherapy session recordings, discovering what actually encouraged healing shifts for clients. He was a philosopher and psychotherapist who worked with Carl Rogers at the University of Chicago and dedicated his life to developing focusing and the Philosophy of the Implicit. Roshi Paul Genki Kahn has been using focusing in psychotherapy and Zen since the 1980s. He and Roshi Monika Lang Kahn have made Focusing a core practice for members of the Zen Garland Order.

***Please contact Kisho at kishohoshin@gmail.com with any questions you may have.

Thank you! We look forward to meeting you soon~
Genki, Genmitsu, Kisho, Kojindo and Zen Garland Practioners

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