Most likely, you're not currently living in Japan in a Zen monastery, or in China practicing under the tutelage of a Chan master. So, what does it mean to practice Zen today? How do you know if you're really practicing Zen? Dharma Teachers Qapel and Sensei spent many years practicing Dharma in Japan. Hear from them about the fundamental characteristics of a Zen practice today.
This month's Enlighten-Up is on "Group Guru: The promise and challenge of our times". Qapel will be discussing ways that we can orient in the midst of outer and inner wars. Itt will be working together in teams, conscious community and ‘group’ guru’ that offers both promise and challenge for the years ahead.
While Zen is often considered non-intellectual, Zen teachings were highly influenced by classical texts from Mahayana Zen canon. Four of the most profound and influential Zen Sutras include the Lankavatara Sutra, the Vimalakirti Sutra, the Avatamsaka Sutra and the Lotus Sutra. Learn more about these, and what they mean for you today, at this Enlighten-Up! with Qapel and Sensei.
Seen in shamanistic stories and traditions worldwide, the hero's journey is universal. On our quests for growth, awareness and enlightenment, what archetypes and mythologies inspire and support us? Discover a cross-cultural example of the hero's journey and shamanism at this special Enlighten-Up! with Catherine Pawasarat Sensei. She will be streaming live from Kyoto, Japan during her annual research visit to the Gion Festival.
Topic: Awakening Frontiers Planetary Dharma and Buddhism in America What is the future of modern Buddhism? How may we participate in creating a viable global path of liberation? Having presented at the Future of American Buddhism Conference in June 2022, Catherine Pawasarat Sensei shares her insights on the past, present and future of planetary Dharma.