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Guest Teachers

Bozeman Zen Group invites Zen teachers of note two or three times a year to lead weekend retreats. Occasionally, one will join via Zoom for a teaching.

In the Jata Sutta, a student asks the Buddha: A tangle within and a tangle without, beings are entangled in a tangle. Who can untangle this tangle?
And the Buddha replies:  A person established in integrity, who develops discernment, ardent and clear, they can untangle this tangle. Those for whom greed, aversion and ignorance have faded, for them the tangle is untangled.

Pamela Weiss: The Bozeman Dharma Center and the Zen Group welcome back Pamela Weiss, teacher in both Zen and Insight Traditions. She will lead a weekend on Refuge and the Three Jewels as part of an overall consideration of Buddhist ethics. March 21 – 23, 2024. Registration information coming soon.

The word refuge comes from the Latin, re-fuge, which means to fly back, to return, to come home. So much of our suffering comes from “lookin’ for love in all the wrong places…” We imagine we will find love, safety, refuge out there somewhere. But Buddhist practice teaches us that true refuge is always and already right here. Right where we are, just as we are. This is not an invitation to apathy or passivity. It is a call to do the difficult, deeply satisfying work of transforming reactive habits and patterns into clear, compassionate action. This is what it means to be a Bodhisattva, a person dedicated to alleviating suffering—ours, others’, the worlds’—and to walk the Bodhisattva Path. It is exactly what our wide, aching world needs now.

Over the course of this weekend, we will focus on the theme of Finding True Refuge, and explore how to untangle our personal and collective tangles within our beautiful, aching world. 

Sokaku Kathie Fischer – returns to the Bozeman Zen Group, May 2 – 3, 2024! A Weekend on the Therigatha – Teachings of the First Buddhist Women.

We will consider the lives and teachings of early Elder Buddhist nuns through their stories, poems, and histories. These poignant tales of courage, tragedy and commitment can inspire us in our lives even 2500 years later.

With a mixture of zazen, stories, poems and dialogue we will enjoy the weekend with Kathie, our good friend and teacher.

Nomon Tim Burnett
September 26 – 29, 2024

Join the Bozeman Zen Group in welcoming Zen teacher, SAVE THE DATES for a genuine sesshin right at the BDC. There will zazen, service, dharma talk, oryoki (formal eating) practice. Times TBD.  Updates as we go!