Introduction to Zen Design Thinking
Aug
20
to Aug 24

Introduction to Zen Design Thinking

Sponsored event*

This 5-day class is for anyone who wants to live intentionally, creating environments of beauty and inspiration. It is also of interest to experienced meditators who want to bring their practice into their daily lives, and experienced designers who want the tools to take their design skills to a new level.

What you will learn:

  1. The elements of Zen design composition and how to work with them to create and evaluate a design.
  2. How a Zen design differs from conventional design.
  3. How to cultivate a Zen meditation practice as a resource for design.
  4. How to generate a unified vision of the design.
  5. How to join Heaven and Earth, creating a happy environment and a happy life.

You’ll learn how to apply these principles to your own space and to any subject of design, including your own life.

Schedule: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.
Cost: $850 (includes lunch)

This is an event sponsored by Plum Mountain. You can register at the Plum Mountain website.

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Philosophy, Aesthetics and Morality
Oct
13
9:00 AM09:00

Philosophy, Aesthetics and Morality

Sponsored event*

An aesthetic comes from a philosophy. It might be a cultural phenomenon, but that is also in essence a philosophy. We’ll look at the philosophies of Hegel, Dewey, Dogen and Lao Tsu and the aesthetic that is generated by each philosophy. In each of these philosophies, aesthetics is a way of practice and cultivation, and part of these practices is an ethical mandate. In Japan, aesthetic cultivation is a practice for both monks and lay people to reach enlightenment. It is trained through design, the arts, including martial arts, music and dance, cleaning the house, and pulling weeds.

Schedule: Saturday 9am-5pm.
Cost: $170 (includes lunch)

This is an event sponsored by Plum Mountain. You can learn more about Plum Mountain at their website.

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New Year Sesshin
Dec
26
to Jan 1

New Year Sesshin

Hakubai Event*

Enter into the New Year with an intensive practice period. The sesshin will include sitting (zazen), walking (kinhin), working (samu), and eating (oryoki) meditation, and evening dharma talks. On New Year's Eve, we will engage in intentional reflection on the past year along with intention-setting for the year to come, followed by the ringing of 108 bells at midnight.

Please e-mail info@hakubai.org to register.

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Summer Sesshin
Aug
6
to Aug 12

Summer Sesshin

Hakubai Event*

Close out the summer with an intensive practice period. Intensive meditation supports continuous practice in our day-to-day lives. The sesshin will include sitting (zazen), walking (kinhin), working (samu), and eating (oryoki) meditation, evening dharma talks, and meetings with the teacher.

Please e-mail info@hakubai.org to register.

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Portraiture and Personal Mythology
Jul
28
to Jul 29

Portraiture and Personal Mythology

Sponsored event*

Taught by Jack Richard Smith

A multi-disciplinary workshop for artists, writers, photographers, and others. 

When we say,"portrait" our mind naturally envisions of a painting or a photograph. However, the realm of portraiture is inclusive of a much broader set of tools and much more than an examination of the architecture of a face. Portraits are studies of a personal narrative written on that face. They are the map of our existence to present. The observer, the artist, writer, photographer, the videographer has the opportunity to interpret this narrative using the visage as a ground upon which to express the subject's story.

We will use meditation and other techniques to make portraits of subjects and learn to see others fully.

This is an event sponsored by Plum Mountain. For more information and to register, visit the Plum Mountain website.

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Zazenkai
Jul
1
9:00 AM09:00

Zazenkai

Hakubai Event*

Zazenkai is a one-day intensive practice period. Intensive meditation supports continuous practice in our day-to-day lives. The zazenkai will include sitting (zazen) and walking (kinhin) meditation.

Please e-mail info@hakubai.org to register.

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Living in Presence with Casey Bledsoe
Jun
23
to Jun 24

Living in Presence with Casey Bledsoe

Sponsored event*

In this weekend retreat, we will use simple practices of inquiry, sound, meditation, and more to connect with the openness, freedom, and joy of our natural being and the confidence that emerges as we experience this. The more we contact the simplicity of being, the more trusting we become and the less we strain to "make things happen."

With this deeper inner relaxation, we can effortlessly transform situations we inhabit and minimize unnecessary suffering for ourselves, our loved ones, and our world. Our experience of life becomes one that is more spacious, harmonious, and loving.

Please join the living energy of the group as we share in presence together and re-awaken our remembrance of that which we truly are. Practitioners of any path or experience level are welcome.

Schedule
9am - 5 pm Saturday
9am - 12 pm Sunday

Cost: $ 88  (+ Dana if desired) 

Young adults under 25 and those in need of financial assistance, please inquire. Special rates may be available.

For questions or to register, please contact casey@caseybledsoe.com

For Casey's bio, or more information about her spiritual training and approach, please see https://caseybledsoe.com/

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The Art of Placement
Jun
9
to Jun 10

The Art of Placement

Sponsored event*

This is a two-day workshop in earth shaping and stone arrangement based on the "Sakuteki" and "The Sound of Cherry Blossoms." The art of placement is the second fundamental of non-dual design after form and space. Within it are contained the subjects of proportion, scale, and relationships. From the field of emptiness in which both the designer and the designed are contained, Heaven and Earth are joined. From this awareness, we can hear the will of the stone. We'll work with large boulders as well as models to explore the art of placement.

Schedule: Saturday-Sunday 9am-5pm.
Cost: $340 (includes lunch)

This is an event sponsored by Plum Mountain. You can register at the Plum Mountain website.

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Designing Space and Form
Jun
2
to Jun 3

Designing Space and Form

Sponsored event*

In this two-day course we’ll learn Japanese tree-trimming techniques and applying them in our nursery. We’ll learn how to visualize the tree’s growth pattern and how to mold that pattern into the desired shapes. We’ll explore how to reveal the spirit of the tree and how to play with light and space. The knowledge of balancing opposites in a state of change is fundamental to all design. From this we learn how to make wicked decisions in a dancing landscape. Pine trimming is the best way for a designer to learn  how to work with space and form. No experience with tree-trimming is required, but you need to bring your own pine trimmers.

Schedule: Saturday-Sunday 9am-6pm.
Cost: $340 (includes lunch)

This is an event sponsored by Plum Mountain. You can register at the Plum Mountain website.

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Zazenkai
May
6
9:00 AM09:00

Zazenkai

Hakubai Event*

Zazenkai is a one-day intensive practice period. Intensive meditation supports continuous practice in our day-to-day lives. The zazenkai will include sitting (zazen) and walking (kinhin) meditation.

Schedule
9:00am           Introduction
9:20                Zazen
9:50                Kinhin
10:00              Zazen
10:30              Kinhin
10:40              Zazen
11:10                Kinhin
11:20               Zazen
11:50               Lunch
***    Break    ***
1:50pm            Zazen
2:30                Kinhin
2:40                Zazen
3:10                 Tea
4:10                 Zazen
4:40                Kinhin
4:50                Zazen
5:30                9 bows

Please e-mail info@hakubai.org to register.

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New Year Sesshin
Dec
26
to Jan 1

New Year Sesshin

Hakubai Event*

Enter into the New Year with an intensive practice period. The sesshin will include sitting (zazen), walking (kinhin), working (samu), and eating (oryoki) meditation, evening dharma talks, and meetings with the teacher. On New Year's Eve, we will engage in intentional reflection on the past year along with intention-setting for the year to come, followed by the ringing of 108 bells at midnight.

Please e-mail info@hakubai.org to register.

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