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Mindfulness Fellowship

Tuesday mornings 9-10:30 a.m.
Aquatic Park Center ( foot of Polk / across from Ghirardelli ), Room 13
( enter thru street-level dining room & proceed downstairs to basement )
—– small practice group (6-12), enjoying sitting quietly together,
walking with the sound of waves, communication & sharing. [since 2010]
please feel free to contact me for more info




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M O O N    V I E W I N G

A How-To Haiku Workshop

With Gary Gach and Rita Cummings
in the Conference Center at 308 Page Street
Sunday, December 18, 2016, 1 pm – 4 pm

 

Celebrate midwinter with the world’s most popular Zen art. See for yourself. What is haiku?

                                              Get rid of words and get rid of meaning:
                                              poetry remains.
                                                                             —Yang Wan-li, Sung dynasty

It’s no secret. Haiku are the most universal poetic format of our time. And they’re pure zen.

Awaken your child mind. Your beginner’s mind. See for yourself how this briefest of literary forms can open into immeasurable worlds beyond words.

What is haiku? As with any koan, there’s no right or wrong answer. There’s only your own adequate response. Over and over again.

In this special afternoon, we’ll map the basics, take a relaxed haiku walk (ginko) in and around City Center, then share what we encounter, written and unwritten.

Discover how entering the way of haiku can train our clear seeing and deep listening, intuitive wisdom and warm heart. Let’s water our spiritual roots, and extend the wingspan of our creative awareness. With haiku, we can learn how to make each word, each moment, each breath count (not necessarily in 17 syllables) … sensing our senses …harmonizing perception and expression … refining concentration and mindfulness … sharpening our discernment … uncovering surprise mind, our beginner’s mind, our child mind … our innate Buddha nature. Recommended for all ages (8–108), no prior background necessary; writers and non-writers, practitioners and the merely curious.

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in a pail of water
pour it out on the lawn

Fee: $40; $36 current SFZC members; $32 limited income.

  • Afternoon tea provided.
  • Some partial scholarships available.

To Register: Register Online, or call toll-free number (888.743.9362) or (415.475.9362).

 


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