Starting in September this year through March of 2016, we are once again offering our six-month Diving Into Postmodern Zen course.
The course is designed to give new students a deep and experiential understanding of Zen and its purpose, along with efficient tools to address any source of angst. It deepens and expands the student’s understanding of Buddhism, and its context among other religious traditions. The course helps students prepare for more intensive work, such as a week-long Zen retreat, or 1:1 practice support.
Last year’s class was attended by five, and resulted in doubling the size of the local sangha by word-of-mouth. Using Lessons Learned, we’ve refined the syllabus this year, changed the structure to meet twice a month, and are expanding to video simulcast, thanks to a grant from the Lenz Foundation For American Buddhism. With the additional video format, we will be able to serve people worldwide. Since we already have students who attend our Sunday Morning Service via Skype from Mexico and elsewhere, this will be a helpful expansion of existing services.
What is Postmodern Zen? It is Integral Zen, or any form of Zen focused on integrity of now – spirituality that is both attuned to nature and embodied in our aligned actions. It is spirituality which is consistent with the higher stages of human development as mapped by Ken Wilber. It is a needed solution to the psychological desperation faced by those who see that the modern world we’ve created is built on false premises. It is a spiritual tradition that embraces science.
Particularly of interest in this course is the gender-oriented portion of the class, which aims at creating a new narrative for women in spirituality and religion – one that empowers us and allows us to break free of limits imposed throughout history.
All can benefit from the experience of Sunyata, or Emptiness, which has thus-far been experienced by all who have taken this course previously.
Below are the Learning Objectives for the course:
By the end of this course, the student should:
1*Have had an experience of samadhi;
2*Possess at least a cognitive understanding of dual vs. nondual reality and perception;
3*Understand how and why to meditate, with discernment between subtle state experiencing vs. abiding in Correct View;
4*Understand Mondo Zen and the 5 Practice Mirrors, and their practical significance for self-development;
5*Recognize emotions and feelings as information and train self to respond with wisdom and compassion (skillful means) rather than to react;
6*Understand the significance of the term ‘skillful means’ and identify ways in which violent reactions can skillfully be transformed into wise and compassionate responses;
7*Understand Jungian shadow work and its role in spiritual ruts and pathologies;
8*Understand Integral Theory of States and Stages. Develop discernment of how to place self within the AQAL map. Identify spiritual pathologies that derail each stage of development.
9*Possess own daily practice discipline which incorporates the 5 training elements (or Practice Mirrors) and personal koans, and tracking mechanism.
10* Possess a positive relationship between spirituality and money, and spirituality and science. Understand money as a form of energy, and learn to use money and knowledge as a tools for awakening, integration and stabilization.
11* Develop an appreciation for balance and its role in developing stability and constancy, while discerning this from laziness, procrastination, or shadow.
12*Understand what it means to be a spiritual warrior, what the value of such a stance is, and how to hold a Rinzai attitude.
Register now to reserve your place – seats are extremely limited for the in-person course, while video subscriptions will be available for all.
Please contact Fushin for more information, donation requested for course, and a course syllabus by email at email@example.com.