Clarifying Zen Practice:
When Half Gods Go, the Gods Arrive
When: Saturday, January 9, from 9AM-4PM
Pat George will lead us in an exploration of things that get in the way of Zen practice, especially the wrongheaded notions we may have about what Zen is and what it takes to practice. Central to these mistaken ideas is our understanding of meditation. To practice well we need first to let go of distorted concepts to make room for more fruitful ways of practice. We will focus on an excerpt from the book Meditation Now or Never by contemporary Zen teacher Steve Hagen. His profound and down to earth discussion of Zen practice is highly recommended and students might want to prepare for the retreat by reading it. We will discuss not only what ideas get in the way of our practice but also how we might facilitate practice by thinking about it in a fresh way. A unique feature of Pat’s visits to us is that she offers each participant the opportunity to have a true dokusan or interview with the teacher.
Note: No Pre-Registration necessary. Please arrive around 10-15 minutes early to get settled.
What to Wear: comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for meditation
What to Bring: PBA will supply coffee, tea, water, and snacks, but please bring a brown bag lunch. We have mats and cushions, but you may want to bring your own. We suggest a voluntary donation, or dana for the teacher. No one will be turned away.
About the Teacher
Pat George has over thirty years training in Zen Buddhism. She was given permission to teach by Barry Magid in 2004, and opened the Zen Center of Philadelphia in January,2005. Pat studied at Zen Mountain Monastery in Mt. Tremper, New York, with John Daido Loori for many years as a lay practitioner and for six years as a resident and monastic in training. Since then she has studied with Barry Magid in the Ordinary Mind School founded by Charlotte Joko Beck.On November 14th, 2009, Pat received full transmission in the Ordinary Mind School from Barry Magid.Pat was educated at the University of Delaware, Brown University, and New York University. A single mother for many years, Pat has mostly worked as a teacher, writer and editor.