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Expressing the Inexpressible in Zen Poetry (Now Online)
Dates: Apr 21, 2017 - Apr 23, 2017
Days: Fri - Sun (2 Nights)

Instructor(s): Roshi Pat O Hara

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Zen poetry expresses the inexpressible and reaches into our hearts, showing path, practice, and insight with joy and delight. This weekend course, now moved online, will explore Zen poetry as the study and practice of turning words–words that bring about profound shifts in how we look at ourselves and the world. We will study ancient and modern poems from China, Japan, Korea, and America. We will write a few, too! The weekend will consist of lectures, meditation, discussions, and writing exercises delivered through Zoom.

Online Schedule (all times eastern daylight savings time):
Introduction and opening session on Zoom
Friday, March 27, 6-9pm
Saturday, March 28: 10-1pm–Zoom session
                                   3-6pm–Zoom session
Sunday, March 29: 10-1–Zoom session

Learning Intentions:

To appreciate Zen aesthetics by reading historic and contemporary poets; engage Buddhist teachings with your own words; experiment with form; and interact virtually with one another.

Experience Level:

Intended for beginning and experienced practitioners.

  • Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara is the abbot of the Village Zendo in Manhattan. She is a Soto Zen Priest and certified Zen Teacher in Maezumi Roshi’s White Plum lineage. She holds a PhD in Media Ecology and taught at NYU for twenty years.