6:30-8:30: Fall 2022 Dharma Study: Beginner’s Mind – The Basics of Buddhism and Zen
October 20 @ 6:30 am - 8:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 6:30 am on Thursday, repeating until November 17, 2022
Beginner’s Mind: The Basics of Buddhism and Zen
Taught by Koshin Chris Cain and Shuko Sissel Johannessen
Five weeks: Thursday evenings 6:30-8:30, Oct 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17
In-person and Zoom. $125 member; $150 non-member
Puget Sound Zen Center, 18005 Vashon Hwy SW
In this series we will cover the basics of early Buddhism and review the history and teachings of the Zen school. We will answer questions such as “What were the Buddha’s core teachings?” “How does Zen differ from the Buddhism before it?”
You will come away from this class with an understanding of the framework of Buddhism and it’s foundational teachings. You will also have a feeling for the history and practice of Zen Buddhism.
This class will be good for anyone who is interested in Buddhism and Zen – no previous familiarity is needed. It will also be helpful for experienced practitioners who would like a review.
There will be 1-2 hours of reading required before each class, plus class participation.
Concepts covered include: Reincarnation, karma, no-self, dependent origination, the Four Noble Truths, the 8-Fold Path, nirvana, Mahayana, emptiness, koans, zazen, the Zen arts.
The Buddha and his teachings
The Context – India at the time of the Buddha
The Buddha’s story
The Buddha’s teaching
The Buddha’s death
Mahayana and Prajnaparamita
Tibetan, Pure Land traditions
The Beginnings of the Zen school: Bodhidharma to Huineng
Zen grows up
The Golden Age of Zen
Move to Korea and Japan
Japanese masters – Dogen, Ryokan, Hakuin
Zen poets and the Zen arts
Zen comes to the West
Zen on Vashon
Form and ritual
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