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Expressing the Inexpressible in Zen Poetry

Residential Program
Dates: Mar 10, 2023 - Mar 12, 2023
Days: Friday - Sunday
Number of Nights: 2 nights

Instructor(s): Pat Enkyo OHara

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Zen poetry expresses the inexpressible and reaches into our hearts, showing path, practice, and insight with joy and delight. In our time together, we will explore this 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 North America. And we will write our own poems in response to them! The weekend will include lectures, meditation, discussions, and writing exercises. We will explore some traditional forms, such as haiku, and also experiment with poetic expression of our very lives and understanding.


Noble Silence:
Noble silence will be observed following each evening session through breakfast the following morning. Additional silent practice periods will be scheduled throughout the program.

Experience Level:
Suitable for beginning and experienced practitioners.

Cancellation Policy:
During the pandemic, there is a cancellation fee of $50 for all residential programs longer than two nights and $25 for weekend programs. 2023: If you need to cancel your registration, please contact us as soon as possible. If you cancel two or more weeks before a program begins, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs longer than two nights and $25 for weekend programs. If you cancel less than two weeks before your program begins, your full deposit is forfeited. If you have requested financial assistance, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs longer than two nights and $25 for weekend programs. All cancellation fees support our Scholarship Funds.

Covid-19 Safety Protocol:
Please review our Covid-19 Safety Protocols here: https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/covid-19/.

DEI:
As we work to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming. Please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.
    About the Instructor(s):
  • 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.