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Expressing the Inexpressible in Zen Poetry (Now Online)
Dates: Mar 27, 2020 - Mar 29, 2020
Days: Fri - Sun (2 Nights)

Instructor(s): William Edelglass

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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.

  • William Edelglass is Director of Studies at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. He is a scholar-practitioner with a background in several Buddhist traditions. William’s writings explore a wide variety of questions in Buddhist studies, environmental studies, phenomenology, ethics, literature and aesthetics, climate change, well-being, and the science of meditation. He has taught in diverse settings, including dharma centers, higher education—he is currently Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Marlboro College, VT—a federal prison in New York, the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, in Dharamsala, India, and for many years William led wilderness trips for Outward Bound and other organizations.