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Meditations on the Trail: Being Fully in Nature as Nature
Dates: Sep 09, 2022 - Sep 11, 2022
Days: Fri - Sun (2 Nights)

Instructor(s): Chris Ives

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Nonduality, dependent arising, and other Buddhist teachings can help us realize the interconnection between ourselves and nature and enhance our outdoor experience. With a blending of classroom discussion and time outside, we will explore ways of attending to our senses, calming our minds, and thereby becoming open to and filled by what is around us. To support this shift from ego-driven doing to spirit-filled being, we will draw from Dōgen’s instructions to pour ourselves into the action at hand (gūjin) and realize how things presence themselves (genjō) just as they are in their suchness (Skt. tathatā). Outdoor activities will include walking moderately steep trails, so please bring sturdy walking shoes, as well as rain gear. The course will try to accommodate all abilities by offering a range of outdoor practices. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to read Meditations on the Trail: A Guidebook for Self-Discovery before the program. 

Noble Silence: 

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

Experience Level:

This course is suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

Three spaces will be held for self-identified BIPOC participants until eight weeks before this course begins when they will be released generally. Therefore, we encourage you to join the waitlist even if the course appears full as additional spaces may become available. Please see our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies for more information.

As we work to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse 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.

  • Christopher Ives, PhD, is a professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College. In his teaching and writing he focuses on modern Zen ethics, and currently he is working on Buddhist approaches to nature and environmental issues. He is the author of Zen Awakening and Society and Imperial-Way Zen: Ichikawa Hakugen’s Critique and Lingering Questions for Buddhist Ethics.