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Forest Bathing, a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine, will be among the events offered at a special weekend at Dai Bosatsu Zendo May 25-27.
Bhante Suddhaso, a Buddhist monk trained in Zen as well as in the Theravada Thai Forest Tradition, will lead us in shinrin-yoku (literally, “forest bathing”). Rooted in ancient Shinto and Buddhist practices, this simple but profound meditative practice involves connecting deeply with nature through all the senses. Shinrin-yoku is supported by scientific research as an effective way to promote mental and physical health.
The weekend schedule will include outdoor sitting and guided hikes to ponds, wetlands, and other sites of interest in the vast nature sanctuary that is Dai Bosatsu Zendo. Suzanne Treyger, an ornithologist with the Audubon Society, will lead a question-and-answer session about efforts to restore the forest habitats of local wildlife and migratory birds.
The famous Zen author Alan Watts, whose 1957 book The Way of Zen was a seminal work for many long-time Zen practitioners, passed away in 1973. A new book by his daughters, Joan and Anne Watts, has just been published. They will read from and offer a question-and-answer period about their very personal collaboration, titled The Collected Letters of Alan Watts.
Also on the schedule will be Swami Lalji Maharaj, a fourth-generation yoga guru, who will lead a yoga session that includes personalized instruction for each participant. Togan Tim Kohlbrenner, assistant to Shinge Roshi, studied with Swami Maharaj in India last summer, and has made arrangements to bring him to DBZ.
All programs, meals, and accommodations for the weekend are being offered at the special members’ rate of $175 per person for both Saturday and Sunday (there is no extra charge for Friday night arrivals), or $200 per person for those wishing to stay through Monday, Memorial Day. Non-members’ rate is $200 per person, $225 for a stay through Monday. Interested in becoming a Member of the Zen Studies Society? Click here to sign up.
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