Introduction to Zen

Sit Like a Mountain, Flow Like a Stream

 Zen Practice for Modern Life

 led by Zen Teacher Peter Levitt for the Salt Spring Zen Circle

The Salt Spring Zen Circle will present an introduction to Zen meditation practice from 10:00 Am to 1:00 PM on September 23, at the Star of the Sea Centre. All materials and equipment are provided.

Participants will get instruction in how to meditate with the traditional Zen approach, and will have an opportunity to practice this on cushions, chairs or meditation benches as wanted. In the spirit of Zen, there will be an enjoyable conversation about this ancient practice and how it may apply to our current lives, and people can plan to have a good time overall.

Leading this session will be Salt Spring Zen Circle’s founder and guiding teacher, Peter Levitt, who founded the SSZC in 2001 as a direct response for peace after 9/11. Peter has studied and practiced Zen for 50 years. He was authorized as a Zen teacher in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki-Roshi, author of Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind.

Known for the warmth, humour, clarity and depth of his teachings, Peter is also the author of fifteen books of poetry and prose. He was the Translation and Associate Editor of the Zen classic, The Treasury of the True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen’s Shobo Genzo, and most recently, with co-translator Kaz Tanahashi, he published The Complete Cold Mountain: Poems of the Legendary Hermit Hanshan, which is the most complete translation into any language of this most beloved hermit’s compassionate, quirky, insightful and peaceful poems, originally written on the walls of his cave in China more than 1200 years ago.

Zen can provide a path of peace in today’s increasingly violent world.

To paraphrase editor Tanahashi’s introduction of the Shobo Genzo: “Through meditation, awareness of the interconnection of all things expands our sense of self beyond our personal egos. The distinction between us and others becomes less significant. We feel the joy and pain of others which helps us to be compassionate and leads to action that helps others and ourselves by way of loving-kindness.”

The Star of the Sea Centre is at St. Mary’s Church, Fulford Harbour, 2600 Fulford-Ganges Road across from Fulford Hall. Please bring water and wear loose fitting comfortable clothing.

Registration is at staroftheseassi@gmail.com and admission is $20.