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Evening Zen Discussions

Evening Zen Discussions

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  • Tue 16 Jan ’18, 7:00pm – 8:45pm
  • Wed 17 Jan ’18, 7:00pm – 8:45pm


Opawa Zendo, 4 Kennedy Place, Hillsborough, Christchurch


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Evening Mondo (Dharma Discussions).
Tues and Wed, 7-8:45pm (Jan 16 and 17, 2018).

These two Dharma Discussions are being offered by visiting Zen teacher Ron Hogen Green. They form part of a series of stimulating Zen events Hogen is offering in Christchurch before he leads two residential retreats in Staveley (near Methven): A weekend retreat on the Six Paramitas (perfections), and a week-long Zen meditation intensive (sesshin). All are invited and welcome to attend any of these events.

Tuesday Discussion: Sangha – Deepening Community
Tonight's discussion will cover the vast topic of sangha, covering such questions as: How does a Buddhist community grow in inclusion and connection? How do today’s perspectives on gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation express themselves on the Buddhist path? How are sanghas reframing the value of caring for the Earth in spiritual practice?

Can we choose a culture in which all practitioners find confidence that the Buddha Way is a vessel for them? In this discussion of Buddhist community, Hogen Sensei and participants will share experiences of how the MRO sangha is evolving new levels of engagement and inclusivity.

Please bring along your questions, challenges and perspectives. We will begin the evening with a period of meditation. All are invited and welcome, entry by donation/koha.

Wednesday Discussion: Sangha – Learning Together
The sangha is spoken of both as the community of practitioners and, in a wider sense, as all people, and all beings. Sangha is about relationship, and wherever we go, there are always some relationships which are more challenging than others.

This discussion period focuses on what helps us participate skillfully in sangha life. This is a practical session in which Hogen Sensei, drawing on many years of sangha practice, will share skillful means to help us find freedom and appreciation – in all relationships. We will begin the evening with a period of meditation. All are invited and welcome, entry by donation/koha.

About the Teacher: Hogen Sensei has been engaged in formal Zen practice since 1978, and was in residential training at Zen Mountain Monastery for 12 years as a lay student and senior monastic.
He currently divides his time between living with his family in Pennsylvania on a farm and as a Zen teacher at the Zen Center of New York City. Hogen Sensei has visited New Zealand three times to offer talks, workshops and retreats.

If you have questions about Zen practice or any upcoming local Zen events please contact us:
Email - christchurch@zen.org.nz
Phone - ​021 238 4618

Or check the website at: http://www.zen.org.nz/christchurch-zen-events.html

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