Day Retreat with Sensei Al Rapaport

Demystifying the Zen Koan Group Workshop

When: Saturday, December 10th, 10AM to 4:00PM

Where: Plymouth Meeting Friends, 2150 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA

No pre-registration necessary, please arrive around 9:30AM for set up.

In this session we’ll be meditating with and discussing several important Zen koans which date from the Tang Dynasty in China. Unlike more traditional one-on-one koan work, there will be time for all participants to discuss what each koan evokes for them. All are welcome, and no prior experience with koans is necessary.

Meditators of all traditions and all levels, (especially complete novices) can benefit from this group meditation on Zen’s classic illogical stories called “koans.” Using the illogical parts of our mind, this can help open and transform our work, relationships, and spiritual practice.

Unlike traditional individual koan practice, there are no “right” answers, just our deep unique responses and their sharing. Sensei Al Rapaport has developed “group koan” sessions as skillful play. He also teaches his students through traditional individual koan work. He emphasizes that no prior experience is needed for to enjoy and succeed in this workshop. PBA will supply cushions with mats, chairs, tea, coffee and snacks. Bring your own cushion/mat if you prefer, and please bring a brown bag lunch. There is no charge for the workshop and PBA makes no profit, but we strongly suggest a free-will offering of $25 for the teacher. He will be traveling here from Florida to teach us at his own expense. Dana is the Pali word for Generosity. Sensei Al has trained in variations of Hal and Sidra Stone’s Voice Dialogue, the basis of Zen Dialogue, and has practiced and taught the technique for almost 20 years .He began Zen practice in 1975 with Kozan Kimura Roshi, and also studied with Sasaki Roshi before moving to Zen Center of Los Angeles in 1977. At ZCLA he studied with Maezumi Roshi, Bernie Roshi and Genpo Roshi, and received Dharma Transmission from Shuzen Sensei in 2008. Sensi Al leads the Open Mind Zen Center in Melbourne, Florida. For moreinformation, you are welcome to contact Sesei Al at (321) 427-3511 or OpenMindZen@aol.com, or visit www.openmindzen.com.

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