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Expressing the Inexpressible in Zen Poetry
Dates: Mar 27, 2020 - Mar 29, 2020
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 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.

Learning Intentions:

To appreciate Zen aesthetics by reading historic and contemporary poets; engage Buddhist teachings with your own words; experiment with form; and realize the BCBS setting as an inspiration for your writing.

Noble Silence and Mindful Speech:

Noble silence will be observed following the evening session through breakfast the following morning.

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.