Half Day Meditation with Valorie Beer
Dec
13
1:00 pm13:00

Half Day Meditation with Valorie Beer

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Once a month, ZaZen offers a quiet, gentle half-day of meditation, with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation from three traditions (Zen, Vipassana and Tibetan). Each sitting period is 25 minutes. Cushions and chairs are available, or you may bring your own. Brief instruction will be given. If you are new to meditation, you may prefer to attend the more detailed Introduction to Meditation first.

$25 members, $40 non-members,  Limited income donation option

Register Online

Bringing Practice into Everyday Life
Dec
5
2:00 pm14:00

Bringing Practice into Everyday Life

With Valorie Beer
Suggested donation: $ 25 members, $40 non-members. No-one turned away for lack of funds. Register Online

The Buddha's sangha included laymen and laywoman. "Staying home and following the way" is a foundation of Buddhist practice -- one doesn't need to become a monastic in order to actively and mindfully reduce suffering in the world. This class will focus not on practices that should be added to our busy lives, but on how we can bring practice to every moment during our day. Practices taught may include meditation, mindfulness, bodywork, and yogic practices. 

Kyosho Valorie Beer has practiced Zen Buddhism since 1991. She was ordained as a priest in 2005 and received dharma transmission in 2013 from her teacher, Edward Brown. She lived at Green Gulch Farm from 2003 to 2012, when she moved to City Center. After serving as the San Francisco Zen Center corporate secretary, she was the City Center ino, and is now temporarily supporting a Branching Streams sangha in New Rochelle, NY. Before taking up monastic life, Valorie worked for two decades in corporate Human Resources at various high-tech companies in Silicon Valley. She is the author of four books, a private pilot, and the mother of a twenty-something daughter who works and lives in the Bay Area.
Academic and Training Background: Valorie holds a PhD and MS in Education from the University of Southern California, and a BA in Anthropology from The George Washington University. Her professional career spanned two decades in human resources and organizational development, with a focus on group facilitation and management development.

Introduction to Meditation with Valorie Beer
Dec
5
1:00 pm13:00

Introduction to Meditation with Valorie Beer

  • zazen

Introductory instruction in sitting and walking meditation, with emphasis on settling the body into a comfortable, sustainable upright posture. Includes two 20-minute periods of sitting meditation, with walking meditation in between. Offered one hour before each weekend workshop -- if you have registered for a workshop, please consider also coming to Introduction to Meditation.

Register Online / Donations Welcome at Event

Kyosho Valorie Beer has practiced Zen Buddhism since 1991. She was ordained as a priest in 2005 and received dharma transmission in 2013 from her teacher, Edward Espe Brown. She lived at Green Gulch Farm from 2003 to 2012, then moved to San Francisco.  After serving as the San Francisco Zen Center corporate secretary, she was the City Center ino, and is now serving as a visiting teacher to various SFZC-affiliated sanghas.  Before taking up monastic life, Valorie worked for two decades in corporate Human Resources at various high-tech companies in Silicon Valley. She is the author of four books, a private pilot, and the mother of a thirty-something daughter who works and lives in the Bay Area.  Valorie holds a PhD and MS in Education from the University of Southern California, and a BA in Anthropology from The George Washington University. Her professional career spanned two decades in human resources and organizational development, with a focus on group facilitation and management development.

Half Day Meditation with Valorie Beer
Nov
14
1:00 pm13:00

Half Day Meditation with Valorie Beer

  • zazen

Once a month, ZaZen offers a quiet, gentle half-day of meditation, with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation from three traditions (Zen, Vipassana and Tibetan). Each sitting period is 25 minutes. Cushions and chairs are available, or you may bring your own. Brief instruction will be given. If you are new to meditation, you may prefer to attend the more detailed Introduction to Meditation first.

$25 members, $40 non-members,  Limited income donation option

Register Online

The Practice of Lovingkindness with Valorie Beer
Nov
8
2:00 pm14:00

The Practice of Lovingkindness with Valorie Beer

 

The Practice of Lovingkindness

Compassion isn’t about fixing. Compassion is about being with. In this workshop, we'll take up the practices of metta and tonglen to help us get out of our analytical heads and into our kind hearts – which often is the only “fix” that’s needed.

$25 members

$40 visitors

Limited Income Donation at Event Option

Register Online

Introduction to Meditation with Valorie Beer
Nov
8
1:00 pm13:00

Introduction to Meditation with Valorie Beer

  • zazen

ntroductory instruction in sitting and walking meditation, with emphasis on settling the body into a comfortable, sustainable upright posture. Includes two 20-minute periods of sitting meditation, with walking meditation in between. Offered one hour before each weekend workshop -- if you have registered for a workshop, please consider also coming to Introduction to Meditation.

Register Online / Donations Welcome at Event

Kyosho Valorie Beer has practiced Zen Buddhism since 1991. She was ordained as a priest in 2005 and received dharma transmission in 2013 from her teacher, Edward Espe Brown. She lived at Green Gulch Farm from 2003 to 2012, then moved to San Francisco.  After serving as the San Francisco Zen Center corporate secretary, she was the City Center ino, and is now serving as a visiting teacher to various SFZC-affiliated sanghas.  Before taking up monastic life, Valorie worked for two decades in corporate Human Resources at various high-tech companies in Silicon Valley. She is the author of four books, a private pilot, and the mother of a thirty-something daughter who works and lives in the Bay Area.  Valorie holds a PhD and MS in Education from the University of Southern California, and a BA in Anthropology from The George Washington University. Her professional career spanned two decades in human resources and organizational development, with a focus on group facilitation and management development.

Basic Buddhist Teaching for Working With Strong Emotions and Difficult Situations
Oct
18
2:00 pm14:00

Basic Buddhist Teaching for Working With Strong Emotions and Difficult Situations

  • ZaZen

With Valorie Beer

Register Online  / $ 25 members, $40 non-members. Limited income (free) enrollment option. 

How quickly a problem, mistake or loss becomes a full-blown story! As our inner critic narrates a soundtrack of blame and regret, we are held hostage by a mental movie that rapidly becomes "real" and "true." Fantasy becomes documentary, and we lose our perspective and our options. Buddhism calls this avidya -- literally "not seeing" -- and it is the root of our suffering. In this class, we will examine and practice two foundational Buddhist teachings that bring us out of our heads and into our bodies, helping us to remember our innate capacity to be compassionate and wise, even in stressful times.


Part 1: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness and the Six Paramitas

These core teachings from the earliest Buddhist canon contain the seeds for transforming suffering into kindness. By returning to the wisdom of our body, we have a chance to stop the mind's automatic stories -- this is the teaching of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. Once we have given our mind and body some calm spaciousness, we can then examine our options for thinking wisely and behaving compassionately -- the teaching of the Six Paramitas (sometimes translated as "perfections," but also as "transformations").


Part 2:  Practicing with Strong Emotions in Everyday Life: Using the Four Foundations and Six Paramitas in Difficult Situations

Grief and loss, anger and retaliation, blame and resentment, shame and guilt -- powerful emotions from painful events. But often our reaction only makes things worse, solidifies our position, and prolongs the suffering of ourselves and others. In this afternoon session, we will apply the two basic Buddhist teachings that we learned in the morning to actual difficulties in our own lives. We will practice techniques to develop the muscle of kindness and compassion so that it will become an increasingly automatic response, even in times of stress. 
 

Kyosho Valorie Beer has practiced Zen Buddhism since 1991. She was ordained as a priest in 2005 and received dharma transmission in 2013 from her teacher, Edward Espe Brown. She lived at Green Gulch Farm from 2003 to 2012, then moved to San Francisco. After serving as the San Francisco Zen Center corporate secretary, she was the City Center ino, and is now serving as a visiting teacher to various SFZC-affiliated sanghas. Before taking up monastic life, Valorie worked for two decades in corporate Human Resources at various high-tech companies in Silicon Valley. She is the author of four books, a private pilot, and the mother of a thirty-something daughter who works and lives in the Bay Area. Valorie holds a PhD and MS in Education from the University of Southern California, and a BA in Anthropology from The George Washington University. Her professional career spanned two decades in human resources and organizational development, with a focus on group facilitation and management development.

Introduction to Meditation with Valorie Beer
Oct
18
1:00 pm13:00

Introduction to Meditation with Valorie Beer

  • zazen

Introductory instruction in sitting and walking meditation, with emphasis on settling the body into a comfortable, sustainable upright posture. Includes two 20-minute periods of sitting meditation, with walking meditation in between. Offered one hour before each weekend workshop -- if you have registered for a workshop, please consider also coming to Introduction to Meditation.

Register Online / Donations Welcome at Event

Kyosho Valorie Beer has practiced Zen Buddhism since 1991. She was ordained as a priest in 2005 and received dharma transmission in 2013 from her teacher, Edward Espe Brown. She lived at Green Gulch Farm from 2003 to 2012, then moved to San Francisco.  After serving as the San Francisco Zen Center corporate secretary, she was the City Center ino, and is now serving as a visiting teacher to various SFZC-affiliated sanghas.  Before taking up monastic life, Valorie worked for two decades in corporate Human Resources at various high-tech companies in Silicon Valley. She is the author of four books, a private pilot, and the mother of a thirty-something daughter who works and lives in the Bay Area.  Valorie holds a PhD and MS in Education from the University of Southern California, and a BA in Anthropology from The George Washington University. Her professional career spanned two decades in human resources and organizational development, with a focus on group facilitation and management development.

Half Day Meditation with Valorie Beer
Oct
10
1:00 pm13:00

Half Day Meditation with Valorie Beer

Once a month, ZaZen offers a quiet, gentle half-day of meditation, with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation from three traditions (Zen, Vipassana and Tibetan). Each sitting period is 25 minutes. Cushions and chairs are available, or you may bring your own. Brief instruction will be given. If you are new to meditation, you may prefer to attend the more detailed Introduction to Meditation first.

$25 members, $40 non-members,  Limited income donation option available. 

Register online

Fall 2015 Practice Period at ZaZen with Valorie Beer: Ethical Practice
Oct
10
Dec 13

Fall 2015 Practice Period at ZaZen with Valorie Beer: Ethical Practice

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Fall 2015 Practice Period at ZaZen: Ethical Practice
October 10 - December 13, 2015
ZaZen invites you to a two-month in-depth study of ethical practice in a world of greed, hate and delusion. This practice period will begin and end with a half-day meditation, and include classes, discussions and individual meetings with teachers to explore the concepts and practicalities of ethical living. Practice period will end with four day silent retreat. Register Online

Guests: $250 + optional retreat fees ($250-$400)

Members: $125 + optional retreat fess ($250-$400)

Limited Income Donation Option Available

Weekly Unguided ZaZen Times
Monday-Friday: 6:30am, 2:30pm, 5:35pm

Saturday-Sunday: 8:30 am

Schedule of Offerings

  • Saturday, October 10, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.: Half-day sitting, following by practice period opening
  • Sunday, October 11, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.: First group study meeting
  • Sunday, October 18, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.: Meditation Instruction
  • Sunday, October 18, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.: Class: Dealing with Strong Emotions and Difficult Situations
  • Sunday, October 18, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.: Second group study meeting
  • Sunday, November 8, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.: Meditation Instruction
  • Sunday, November 8, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.: Class: The Practice of Lovingkindness
  • Sunday, November 8, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.: Third group study meeting
  • Saturday, November 14, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.: Half-day sitting
  • Saturday, December 5, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.: Meditation Instruction
  • Saturday, December 5, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.: Class: Practice in Everyday Life
  • Thursday-Sunday, December 10-13: Four-day retreat and practice period closing

Practice discussions with teacher: Available throughout the practice period by appointment

Suggested Readings:
Teachings on Love, Thich Nhat Hanh
Mind of Clover, Robert Aitken
Heart of Being, John Daido Loori
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, Chogyam Trungpa
Hooked! Stephanie Kaza

Mindful Film Series: China Blue : With Director Micha Peled
Sep
26
7:00 pm19:00

Mindful Film Series: China Blue : With Director Micha Peled

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Minduful Film Series: China Blue
With Director Micha Peled
Saturday September 26, 7:00pm

Join us each month at ZaZen for our film series in which we'll screen films and host directors who've made films that encourage reflection about our world and ourselves.

China Blue
RT: 87:40 min.

China Blue takes us inside a blue-jeans factory, where Jasmine and her friends are trying to survive a harsh working environment. When the factory owner agrees to a deal with his Western client that requires his teenage workers to work around the clock, a confrontation becomes inevitable. Shot clandestinely in China, under difficult conditions, this is a deep-access account of what both China and the international retail companies don’t want us to see - how the clothes we buy are actually made.

Donation at Event Suggested / Register Online

Half Day Meditation with Valorie Beer
Sep
13
1:00 pm13:00

Half Day Meditation with Valorie Beer

  • zazen

Once a month, ZaZen offers a quiet, gentle half-day of meditation, with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation from three traditions (Zen, Vipassana and Tibetan). Each sitting period is 25 minutes. Cushions and chairs are available, or you may bring your own. Brief instruction will be given. If you are new to meditation, you may prefer to attend the more detailed Introduction to Meditation first.

$25 members, $40 non-members,  Limited income donation option

Register Online

Sitting Body, Sitting Mind
Sep
5
2:00 pm14:00

Sitting Body, Sitting Mind

With Valorie Beer

Our body may be still, yet our mind races on with its habitual judging, planning and remembering. In this workshop, we'll practice in-depth with various ways of investigating the root causes of body-mind agitation so that both can come home to their innate calm spaciousness.

Register Online  /  $40 Visitors  /  $25  Members

Kyosho Valorie Beer has practiced Zen Buddhism since 1991. She was ordained as a priest in 2005 and received dharma transmission in 2013 from her teacher, Edward Espe Brown. She lived at Green Gulch Farm from 2003 to 2012, then moved to San Francisco.  After serving as the San Francisco Zen Center corporate secretary, she was the City Center ino, and is now serving as a visiting teacher to various SFZC-affiliated sanghas.  Before taking up monastic life, Valorie worked for two decades in corporate Human Resources at various high-tech companies in Silicon Valley. She is the author of four books, a private pilot, and the mother of a thirty-something daughter who works and lives in the Bay Area.  Valorie holds a PhD and MS in Education from the University of Southern California, and a BA in Anthropology from The George Washington University. Her professional career spanned two decades in human resources and organizational development, with a focus on group facilitation and management development.

Introduction to Meditation with Zen Priest Valorie Beer
Sep
5
1:00 pm13:00

Introduction to Meditation with Zen Priest Valorie Beer

Introductory instruction in sitting and walking meditation, with emphasis on settling the body into a comfortable, sustainable upright posture. Includes two 20-minute periods of sitting meditation, with walking meditation in between. Offered one hour before each weekend workshop -- if you have registered for a workshop, please consider also coming to Introduction to Meditation.

Register Online / Donations Welcome at Event

Kyosho Valorie Beer has practiced Zen Buddhism since 1991. She was ordained as a priest in 2005 and received dharma transmission in 2013 from her teacher, Edward Espe Brown. She lived at Green Gulch Farm from 2003 to 2012, then moved to San Francisco.  After serving as the San Francisco Zen Center corporate secretary, she was the City Center ino, and is now serving as a visiting teacher to various SFZC-affiliated sanghas.  Before taking up monastic life, Valorie worked for two decades in corporate Human Resources at various high-tech companies in Silicon Valley. She is the author of four books, a private pilot, and the mother of a thirty-something daughter who works and lives in the Bay Area.  Valorie holds a PhD and MS in Education from the University of Southern California, and a BA in Anthropology from The George Washington University. Her professional career spanned two decades in human resources and organizational development, with a focus on group facilitation and management development.

Vajra Yoga & Meditation: Embodied Mind 200 Hour Teacher Training at ZaZen
Sep
1
Feb 29

Vajra Yoga & Meditation: Embodied Mind 200 Hour Teacher Training at ZaZen

Starts September 2015 - February 2016  / 11 Weekends in San Francisco / 4-day closing retreat

The Vajra Yoga + Meditation/ Embodied Mind 200 Hour Teacher Training at ZaZen, San Francisco is a seamless blend of mindfulness and yoga asana for a sane and practical practice that will nourish and support your heart, mind and body.

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Film Screening / Bitter Seeds - with Director Micha Peled
Aug
1
5:00 pm17:00

Film Screening / Bitter Seeds - with Director Micha Peled

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Join us for a screening of the award winning documentary Bitter Seeds with Director Micha Peled.
Donation at Event / All Proceeds to support Micha's work / Reserve Online 

Every 30 minutes a farmer in India kills himself in despair because he can no longer provide for his family. Will Ramkrishna be next? A cotton farmer at the epicenter of the suicide crisis region, he is struggling to keep his land. Manjusha, the neighbors' daughter, is determined to overcome village traditions and become a journalist. Ramkrishna's plight is her first assignment. BITTER SEEDS raises critical questions about the human cost of GMO agriculture within a gripping character-based narrative. This is the final film in the Globalization Trilogy, following the award-winning STORE WARS and CHINA BLUE.

Micha X. Peled is an award winning documentary film director and producer based in San Francisco. His previous films (China Blue, Bitter Seeds) have aired on PBS and 32 other television channels, won over 20 international awards and screened in theaters, festivals and community events on every continent.

Self - Compassion: the Ultimate Radical Pursuit
Aug
1
1:00 pm13:00

Self - Compassion: the Ultimate Radical Pursuit

  • Zazen

With Jill Satterfield

$25 members / $40 Visitors / Register Online

Meditation in motion is compassion in action.

By moving mindfully through our practices we develop the ability to move mindfully throughout our day – awake to what is and open to what comes. With this ability to pause, slow the thoughts, and find the space between them, we are able to take care of ourselves because we can actually hear what our heart, mind and body needs. This deep inner listening is a developed skill. Self - compassion is also developed – it’s not necessarily innate. Many of our practices are just that – practicing to have in hand at a moments notice - a pause, the ability to listen to our own needs, and take care of ourselves. This is not taught in our Western education, it is something we are pursuing now as a spiritual path.

Join yourself in this workshop. Join your body, heart and mind so that all your glorious components of the whole of your being are in communication, can listen and respond kindly. We will practice a variety of ways to respond to what we see and hear – with mindful asana, meditation and contemplation practices.

• Develop awareness of where self - compassion is needed in your life

• Cultivate the ability to deeply listen to your needs

• Experience a variety of ways to integrate self-compassion into your practices and your day

• Remain more content and at ease through taking good care of yourself regularly

 

Jill Satterfieldis the founder of Vajra Yoga + Meditation, a synthesis of yoga and Buddhism that combines meditation, yoga and contemplative practices. Named “one of the 4 leading yoga and Buddhist teachers in the country” by Shambhala Sun Magazine, the VY+M trainings were the first to integrate Buddhism and meditation directly into asana practice in New York City in 2002. Jill has instigated mindful and creative educational programs for over 28 years.

She is also the founder and Director of the School for Compassionate Action: Meditation, Yoga and Educational Support for Communities in Need. SCA is a not for profit that trains teachers, psychologists and health care providers to integrate mind and body practices into their professions. SCA also provides classes to people in chronic pain, with illness, those suffering from PTSD, and at- risk youth. SCA is now taught and practiced across the country and in Europe.

Jill turned to meditation and yoga over 35 years ago to successfully heal from a debilitating physical condition with acute pain that she was told could never be healed. Her personal triumph became the inspiration and drive to guide as many people as possible in utilizing and understanding their own mind, heart and body to help themselves.

Jill is a founding faculty member of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Mindfulness for Yoga Training, the Somatic Training in Marin California, and guest teaches in many others. Jill was scholar and teacher in residence at the Kripalu Center in 2004. With her teacher Ajahn Amaro, Jill was the first yoga and meditation teacher to bring yoga onto silent meditation retreats at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California, and the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts over 16 years ago. She continued to break ground on Tibetan retreats with respected teachers such as Mingyur Rinpoche, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche. At the time, this was very unusual and not always welcomed – this blending of traditions has come a long way! Vajra Yoga now moves with ease into yoga centers, hospitals, addiction centers, Buddhist monasteries and corporate headquarters.

The Vajra Yoga and School for Compassionate Action teacher trainings have been held at NYC’s famed Tibet House for 12 years and are now being led in Europe. Jill has been featured in the New York Times, More, Crains, Yoga Journal, UK’s Yoga Magazine, Happinez Magazine of Holland and Tricycle Magazine amongst others. She contributed to the book “ Freeing the Body: Freeing the Mind” by Michael Stone, and is currently composing her own book.

Embodied Mind Retreat at Green Gulch
Jul
16
Jul 19

Embodied Mind Retreat at Green Gulch

  • Green Gulch

July 16 – 19, 2015 / $795 (includes room and board) / Register Online

Join Jill Satterfield for an enriching weekend of meditation and mindful, reflective yoga practice within the nourishing environment of Green Gulch Farm.

The mind embodied is easily anchored in the present. As our life may be full of good intentions it is also full of things we need to do - taking the time for retreat is a generous and kind way to step away from busy-ness and step back in to ourselves.

A reconnection of mind and body, to nature and an option to take a pause leads us back to self - compassion, a deeper layer of understanding and new skills to be more embodied, connected and in the moment once back at home.

This retreat will be composed of:

  • periods of silent and guided embodied meditation

  • walking meditation in nature

  • mindful yoga practice

  • restorative yoga practice

  • delicious , nutritious meals from Green Gulch Farm

  • Single room accommodation in the Green Gulch guest house

  • enriching conversations amongst a group of new like minded friends

Jill Satterfield is the founder of Vajra Yoga + Meditation, a synthesis of meditation and mindfulness of the body practices from the Buddhist tradition.  Named “one of the 4 leading yoga and Buddhist teachers in the country” by Shambhala Sun Magazine, the VY+M teacher trainings, programs and workshops incorporate mindfulness meditation, contemplative psychotherapy and embodiment practices as they are best applied to meet a variety of individual and group needs.

Arrival Thursday: 2 -5. Departure Sunday after lunch.

'Stopping' Retreat with Zen Priest Valorie Beer
Jul
16
Jul 26

'Stopping' Retreat with Zen Priest Valorie Beer

  • Sea Ranch

Join us for a 3, 5, 7, or 9 day gentle 'stopping' meditation retreat with Zen priest Valorie Beer in Sea Ranch. 

July 16-25, 2015 / Register Online  / email info@zazensf.com
Sea Ranch, California
With Zen Priest Valorie Beer

Limited to 7 participants
Flexible arrival and departure dates: between July 16-25
Flexible duration: 3, 5, 7, 9 days
Healthy and mindful food prepared/included
Single room rate: $140 per night
Shared room rate: $110 per night
Outdoor camping; $35 per night

Proposed daily schedule and guidelines:

  • For the first two days of your time at the retreat, please refrain from reading, writing, listening to music. Come to a complete stop.
  • For the duration of your time at the retreat, please refrain from intoxicants and caffeine, and from using electronic devices. If you must make or take a phone call, please do so away from the group so that your conversation will not disturb others.
  • We will practice in warm, supportive silence (smiles and eye contact are OK!). Meals will be silent.

Schedule

6:30 - 7:30 a.m. - Sitting/walking meditation (indoors)
7:30 a.m. - morning chant
7:45 a.m. - breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Sitting/walking meditation (indoors)
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Full attention practice (outdoors)
11:00 - 11:45 a.m. - Sitting/walking meditation (indoors)
11:45 a.m. - midday chant
Noon - lunch

Afternoon: Rest, hike, practice discussions with retreat leader

4:45 - 5:45 p.m. - Sitting/walking meditation (indoors)
5:45 p.m. - evening chant
6:00 p.m. - dinner

7:30 p.m. - Words of encouragement, Q&A, group discussion
8:15 p.m. - Sitting meditation
8:45 p.m. - night chant
9:00 p.m. - Good night

Daoist Yoga with Gideon Enz
Jun
6
1:00 pm13:00

Daoist Yoga with Gideon Enz

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The exercises, postures, and principles of Daoist Yoga form the core of most systems of qigong, taiji (tai chi), and gong-fu (kung-fu). It is the oldest continually practiced and documented system of exercise therapy in the world. This ancient Chinese method of exercise, combines static and flowing movements to reinvigorate the body. Learning the fundamentals of Daoist yoga will completely transform the way you approach any form of practice. This introductory workshop will give you a familiarity with the history and principles on which Daoist yoga is founded, and some simple methods of putting them into practice (mats are optional – sometimes you just need more space!). We will cover both yang and yin yoga as well as the basics of circulating life-energy (qi/prana). By the end, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how deeply Daoist Yoga frees up your body, mind, and practice.

$50 / $35 Members / Register Online

Sanskrit Meditation with Shanta Bulkin
Jun
2
2:45 pm14:45

Sanskrit Meditation with Shanta Bulkin

 

Register Online  / Donation at Event

Our tradition is to use the Sanskrit language as a tool for meditation. We will chant Sanskrit verses, hymns and mantras to tune in to the vibration of energy inherent within all of us. Sanskrit has a cosmic relationship with this energy. The name of the Sanskrit language (known as devanāgarī – the city of the gods) speaks volumes. In our describing the language we commonly refer to Sanskrit as 'the washing machine of the mind,' 'the science of vibration,' 'transformational' and more. Sanskrit has the power to take the meditator beyond the mind, to a place of pure vibration. A place where no words exist but only the infinite vibration of energy that is your inherent birth right – a place where all the answers exist. Whether you are new to meditation or a seasoned practioner, Sanskrit when chanted, can help take you further and further to a divine place.

Shanta Bulkin-Shanta met the late Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati (formerly know is Dr. Rammurti S. Mishra) in 1972. Shanta has been leading Sanskrit and Meditation classes for the past 25 years.

 

Footsteps on the Path – Tracing the origins of Yoga
May
17
2:00 pm14:00

Footsteps on the Path – Tracing the origins of Yoga

  • ZaZen

Footsteps on the Path – Tracing the Origins of Yoga

With Gideon and Ana Enz         $35 Members  /  $50 Visitors   /  Register Online

Did you know that Hatha Yoga and Kung-fu share a common ancestry, that Zen and the Yoga Sutras are related, that Tibetan Buddhism has its roots in Tantra? If you do practice - and especially if you teach - any of these Asian methods, it is crucial that you understand their origins and developments. Otherwise it is impossible to effectively translate these ancient methods into our modern world, to know when to adapt them and when to stick with tradition. 

Our Footsteps on the Path workshop gives you living context, illuminating the network of deliberate personal evolution that is the Great Tradition behind all the yogas of Asia. Whatever your level of experience or exposure to Oriental disciplines, when you finish Footsteps on the Path, you will have a deeper understanding of your practice lineages and how they relate, the knowledge to identify the actual practices from the narratives, and an opening to a level of your practice that you did not know existed.

Note: This mini-workshop is an introduction to the full Footsteps on the Path series that will be offered later this year.

More Energy Mini-Cleanse with Ayurveda
Apr
18
2:30 pm14:30

More Energy Mini-Cleanse with Ayurveda

With Kate Schwabacher

$40 regular / $30 members / Register Online

In this three hour workshop with Ayurvedic Consultant and Yoga Teacher Kate Schwabacher, you'll learn the foods, yoga, and lifestyle practices that will help you feel renewed energy, improved flexibility, and confidence in caring for your body. This workshop will include lecture, discussion, and asana practice and you'll leave with a simple protocol for a three-day mini-cleanse to help you integrate these practices into your life.

As we move from winter into spring, it's useful to adapt our diets to the season's harvest and adjust our lifestyle to be more invigorating so that we can avoid the signs of kapha-dosha imbalance like colds, allergies, excess weight gain, lethargy, and depression. Ayurveda, the holistic medicine of India, sees spring as an especially important time of year to attune to nature's rhythms and it's a potent time for change and growth!

All levels are welcome to join in this engaging workshop. To learn more about Kate Schwabacher and her work, visit kateschwabacher.com. If you have any questions, email Kate at yoginikate@gmail.com.

Opening to This Moment Free Online Talk
Apr
2
5:30 pm17:30

Opening to This Moment Free Online Talk

Our friends at San Francisco Zen Center are pleased to invite you to spend an hour with Dharma teacher Do-On Robert Thomas, who will share with you the three essential practices for awakening to your Buddha-nature within the circumstances of your life right NOW.

Register for free at Opening to This Moment  http://onlineprograms.sfzc.org/openingtothismoment/).

In the one hour talk on Thursday, April 2 at 5:30 pm Pacific / 8:30 pm Eastern you will learn how to apply these three essential practices to your daily life:    

Starting Where You Are––You’ll see how the current circumstances of your life are the perfect conditions for you to experience your Buddha-nature.

Sensing With the Body––You’ll directly experience how to use awareness of your body to settle yourself and develop the confidence to embrace the moment-to-moment flow of your life.

Receiving the Present Moment––You'll deepen your understanding of receiving each moment and recognizing your original wakefulness.

Please join in this exciting event for a remarkable, one-hour look into Zen Buddhism’s radically different approach to being in your life. You can preregister for this free event here:

Thank you for supporting us and our friends at San Francisco Zen Center.

Jivana Yoga Workshop
Mar
29
4:15 pm16:15

Jivana Yoga Workshop

With Kristin Laak

$50-$70 per day (sliding scale) (no one turned away for lack of funds) Register online

The Sanskrit word “Jivana” relates to the concept of “life” whereas the word “Yoga” relates to the experience of “union”. Life should lead us to the wonderful experience of “inner happiness” that is available naturally to all human beings. This experience unfolds as the mind begins to reflect on the “self” or soul and is fully experienced when the “self” merges or becomes one with its source – the Eternal Truth.
Jivana Yoga relates to an “ideal lifestyle” that supports and leads a practitioner to this blissful experience of Yoga as well as external prosperity. Implied in the combination of these two words is the understanding that by being involved in all aspects of life, one is able to personally experience this blissful state and one does not need to renounce a “worldly” life. Indeed, in ancient times in certain parts of the world, lifestyle fully supported the natural and rhythmic experience of Yoga.
Jivana Yoga therefore focuses and elaborates on the mechanisms at work in an ideal lifestyle which support us daily in all aspects of life.
How can the ancient teachings of India address the many personal challenges we face in our everyday lives? How can one create a meaningful life that is aligned with this time tested wisdom? What are the benefits one can gain from a deep inquiry into Yoga and other related Indian arts and sciences?
Combining both modern and ancestral teachings, Jivana Yoga offers a unique approach in answering such questions. This workshop will focused on the true nature of mind and body, through Yoga theory, as well as the practices of asana, pranayama and meditation. Open to all levels.

Kristin Laak has been teaching since 1987, leading teacher trainings and workshops internationally. She been studing with her teacher Dr. K.L. Shankaranarayana Jois since 1994, various wings of yogic arts and sciences including; philosophy, Sanskrit, Ayurveda and the impact of lifestyle choices within a yogic context. Through years of devoted personal practice, she brings joy, the spaciousness of receptivity, and deep internal inspiration to her teaching.

Jivana Yoga Workshop
Mar
28
2:30 pm14:30

Jivana Yoga Workshop

With Kristin Laak

$50-$70  per day (sliding scale) (no one turned away for lack of funds) Register online

The Sanskrit word “Jivana” relates to the concept of “life” whereas the word “Yoga” relates to the experience of “union”. Life should lead us to the wonderful experience of “inner happiness” that is available naturally to all human beings. This experience unfolds as the mind begins to reflect on the “self” or soul and is fully experienced when the “self” merges or becomes one with its source – the Eternal Truth.
Jivana Yoga relates to an “ideal lifestyle” that supports and leads a practitioner to this blissful experience of Yoga as well as external prosperity. Implied in the combination of these two words is the understanding that by being involved in all aspects of life, one is able to personally experience this blissful state and one does not need to renounce a “worldly” life. Indeed, in ancient times in certain parts of the world, lifestyle fully supported the natural and rhythmic experience of Yoga.
Jivana Yoga therefore focuses and elaborates on the mechanisms at work in an ideal lifestyle which support us daily in all aspects of life.
How can the ancient teachings of India address the many personal challenges we face in our everyday lives? How can one create a meaningful life that is aligned with this time tested wisdom? What are the benefits one can gain from a deep inquiry into Yoga and other related Indian arts and sciences?
Combining both modern and ancestral teachings, Jivana Yoga offers a unique approach in answering such questions. This workshop will focused on the true nature of mind and body, through Yoga theory, as well as the practices of asana, pranayama and meditation. Open to all levels.

Kristin Laak has been teaching since 1987, leading teacher trainings and workshops internationally. She been studing with her teacher Dr. K.L. Shankaranarayana Jois since 1994, various wings of yogic arts and sciences including; philosophy, Sanskrit, Ayurveda and the impact of lifestyle choices within a yogic context. Through years of devoted personal practice, she brings joy, the spaciousness of receptivity, and deep internal inspiration to her teaching.

Half Day Meditation Sitting with Valorie Beer
Mar
8
1:00 pm13:00

Half Day Meditation Sitting with Valorie Beer

  • zazen

Once a month, ZaZen offers a quiet, gentle half-day of meditation, with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation from three traditions (Zen, Vipassana and Tibetan). Each sitting period is 25 minutes. Cushions and chairs are available, or you may bring your own. Brief instruction will be given. If you are new to meditation, you may prefer to attend the more detailed Introduction to Meditation first.

 

$25 members, $40 non-members,  Limited income donation option

Register Online

Living Peace, Living Love, Living Now
Mar
7
6:30 pm18:30

Living Peace, Living Love, Living Now

6.30 – 8:30pm Saturday

Donation at the event  /  Register Online

Like more Peace in your relationships? In your life?

Come sit with one of the leading Master Sufi teachers, & international peace makers of our time, Dr John Davies, as he shares from his 35 years of experience working in over 30 countries, empowering people to create peace in their lives, communities and the world.

Sufism is simply the way of Love. No matter what your religion – Buddhist? Christian? Jewish? Other? – You can still have the heart of a Sufi. Sufi practices support you in opening your heart to the possibilities of life changing, unconditionally loving relationships, & the Divine within. Come treat yourself to a taste of the Love.

Evening will include fireside chat, Q&A, & experiential exercises.

Dr. John AQ Davies serves on the faculties of the University of Spiritual Healing & Sufism, & the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; as Co-Director of Partners in Peacebuilding for the Center for International Development & Conflict Management, University of Maryland; & as Director of the Living Peace Program at the Farm of Peace Sufi Center East. As a life-long peacemaker, & teacher in the Sufi way, he integrates professional & spiritual insights into his transformative work in mediation & reconciliation. He has helped thousands from all faiths move through difficult times to renewed love, peace, & freedom. Having led peace initiatives in over 30 countries, he now devotes his energy towards creating peace at home & peace within, a much overlooked foundation for a peaceful world.