EVENTS FOR 2019

Please visit the Retreats page for information on half-day and one-day sittings as well as weekend retreats.

Current for 2019 Summer and Fall

DHARMA TALKS – Monday Evening

June 3 – Traditional Practice Evening
June 10 – Bill Salsman: Exploring “The Problem and the Paradox” in David Bohm’s, On Dialogue
June 17 – Tempel Smith – Visiting Insight Teacher
June 24 – Kerry Neal : Ancestor Iron Grinder Liu
JULY IS ZEN GROUP’S MONTH TO CARE FOR FLOWERS :) SIGN UP IN THE BDC OFFICE OR SPEAK WITH JOANNE DORNAN
July 1 – Traditional Practice Evening –
July 8 – Karen DeCotis: Introduction to Training in Compassion
July 15 – Karen DeCotis: Training in Compassion
July 22 – Rev. Bill Milton: When you practice one paramita, you practice them all (all six).
July 29 – Karen DeCotis: Training in Compassion/review of weekend retreat
 From Ben Connelly, who visited on May 22:
Deepen your connection to your self, the people in your life, and the world around you. Mindfulness is an ancient and powerful practice of awareness and nonjudgmental discernment that can help us ground ourselves in the present moment, with the world and our lives just as they are. But there’s a risk: by focusing our attention on something (or someone), we might always see it as something other, as separate from ourselves. To close this distance, mindfulness has traditionally been paired with a focus on intimacy, community, and interdependence. 

Helpful meditations and exercises show how mindfulness and intimacy can together enrich our empathetic engagement with ourselves and the world around us—with our values, with the environment, and with the people in our lives, in all their distinct manifestations of race and religion, sexuality and gender, culture and class—and lead to a truly engaged, compassionate, and joy-filled life.

Biography: Ben Connelly is a Soto Zen teacher and Dharma heir in the Katagiri lineage. He also teaches mindfulness in a wide variety of secular contexts including police and corporate training, correctional facilities, and addiction recovery and wellness groups. Ben is based at Minnesota Zen Meditation Center and travels to teach across the United States. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

CEREMONIES for 2019

Monday,  May 13 –  Wesak: a celebration of Buddha’s Birthday, Buddha’s Enlightenment, Buddha’s Parinirvana. Wonderful for children – includes flower arbor decoration, offerings, chanting and treats! Come by 5:30 pm to decorate, Ceremony at 6:30, refreshments at 7:00 pm

Saturday, December 7 – Buddha’s Enlightenment during 1/2 day sitting

 

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