As a school of Mahayana Buddhism, Zen is a bodhisattva path of infinite compassion and unlimited understanding. Weaving together poetry, the six paramitas or perfections (giving, ethical conduct, forbearance, energy, meditation, and wisdom) and the practice of compassion, Norman and Kathie Fischer will share their evolving thoughts on spiritual practice as the supreme act of the imagination.
During this weekend event we'll practice sitting and walking meditation, listen to teachings by Norman and Kathie, and take time for discussion and reflection. Norman will also share some material from his two new books Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion (University of Alabama Press) and What is Zen? Plain Talk for a Beginner's Mind (Shambhala). Copies will be available for purchase.
Norman and Kathie Fischer have been married and practicing Zen together for forty years. They were ordained together as Buddhist priests in 1980, and both received Shiho (Dharma Transmission) from their teacher Sojun Mel Weitsman. They have two sons and three grandchildren.
Norman is a senior Zen priest and Dharma teacher, a former abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center, a poet and author of more than twenty books, and founder and spiritual director of the Everyday Zen Foundation.
Kathie has practiced and worked at Tassajara and Green Gulch Farm Zen Centers. She currently teaches science to seventh graders and is a master scuba diver.
Continuing education credit (10.5 CE hours) is available for this retreat at no additional cost for the following California professionals: Psychologists, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Psychiatric Technicians, and Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCC). The CE Sponsors are: FlexTherapistCEUs, Quantum Units Education, and Mindful Continuing Education. If interested in receiving CEs for this retreat, please see CEPolicy for more information.
Saturday, May 14, 2016, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Sunday, May 15, 2016, 9:30AM - 3:00PM
Morro Bay Veterans Building, 209 Surf St, Morro Bay 93442 (map)
$50, ($25 for young adults) which covers the expenses of the sangha in putting on the event, but does not include a payment to the teacher.
Arrangements can be made if the fee is excessive for you. We encourage you to attend both days in order to appreciate fully the teachings.
The teachings are offered freely. The retreat fee covers only the retreat expenses; none of the retreat fee goes to the teacher. A dana (donation) basket will be available to help support the work of the teacher. We try to keep our retreat fees at a minimum so that you can be truly generous with your donation to the teacher. Details on how to donate to the teacher will be provided at the retreat.
You can register and pay online (through PayPal, including credit card) or at the door (cash or check only). Pre-registration is preferred but is not required.
Bring your lunch. Tea and snacks will be provided. Bring a mat and cushion if you want to sit on the floor. Chairs will be available. For questions, contact Bobbe Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-6099.