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Stanford Group

What: University Level Zen
When: Saturday November 26 - 10am-2pm
Where: Stanford University
Cost: Donation
Why: To build a zen practice in the midst of academia

Just like training the body, a central element in the training of our minds is the need to vary the intensity of our zen practice.  This Saturday zazenkai is an exploration into intensive silent practice, and a deepening of our meditation.  The day will begin with with a brief introduction to zen and zazen, and then we will spend the rest of the day in the stream of contemplative practice.  In these moments, deep insights and realization of the meaning of the words of the Buddha move through us as we come intimately familiar with the movement of sunlight through the zendo.

  • 10 to 10:15 am - settle down and introduction
  • 10:15 to 10:45 am - sitting meditation
  • 10:45 to 11:25 am - tea/talk/discussion
  • 11:25 to 11:55 am - sitting meditation
  • 11:55 to 12:05 - walking meditation
  • 12:05 to 12:30 pm - sitting meditation
  • 12:30 to 12:40 pm - talk about meditation in everyday life
  • 12:40 to 12:50 pm - peer discussions
  • 12:50 to 1:00 pm - group discussion
  • 1:00 pm and on - pizza

Practice Leaders

Shinbo Joseph Hall is Tanto (practice leader) at Jikoji Zen Center.  His energy is enthusiastically focused on the nexus between Lay Practice and the Monastic world and he is fascinated by the ways in which we interpret the world and the means by which physical motion trains the mind. He wakes up in the morning excited to witness the ongoing birth of American Zen. His favorite words are Sublime, Exquisite, and Ravissant.



Rebecca Nie has taught meditation in the United States, Canada, and Bhutan, and she currently leads weekly meditation sessions at the Stanford Zen Society. She also runs meditation workshops that introduce the basics of meditation, and guide participants through relaxation and investigation practices designed to expand their awareness. The most recent workshops are for the Windhover Center of Contemplation at Stanford Univerisity. Ms. Nie's approach derives from the Continental Zen tradition, in which she is a Master, a member of the 80th generation since the Buddha to be so recognized. The premise of the approach is that developing our clear awareness of the mental, emotional, and physical state of ourselves and in relation to those around us helps us live fuller and more fulfilling lives.  Her website can be found here.

Later Event: November 28
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