Nickerson St. Zendo (101 Nickerson Street, Suite 130, Seattle, WA, 98109) (
In Zen practice moments of peace and expansiveness sometimes arise, but the stresses of everyday life and the suffering of our clinging to identity soon return. In the midst of turmoil, we ask, "Where did that peace go?" Our experience is so different from one time to the next, it is as if there were two different worlds. Our ancestors tell us, though, that this conception of two different worlds ultimately leads to more suffering. How then do we practice?
This spring in a six week class, we will take up an ancient Zen text that deals with just this matter, The Harmony of Difference and Equality or Sandokai, by our Chinese ancestor, Shitou Xiqian. Our study will be guided by a series of talks given by Suzuki Roshi on this text collected in the book, Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness, edited by Mel Weitsman and Michael Wenger. Excerpts from this book will be available to particpants.
This class will mark a change in our Tuesday evening practice following zazen. We will be shifting back to our earlier format of periodic, discrete classes for which we ask you to register in advance. It seems that registering in advance helps solidify our intention to take up a particular topic and to work together in the community that forms during the time of the class. We ask simply that you plan to attend at least four of the six classes. Registration can occur up to the night of the second class. Scholarship help is available for those who find it difficult to pay the requested fee. Use the Contact Us button at the bottom of the page to request financial assistance. We won't turn anyone away.
Class will consist of presentations by the teacher(s), small and large group discussions, and other topical exercises. We will close with a short period of zazen and a chant.