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NYZ: Call Me By My True Names

November 18, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Exploring Identities, Complexes and Compassion with Jifu Devyani Sadh.

Please call me by my true names, so I can wake up and the door of my heart could be left open, the door of compassion. — Thich Nhat Hanh

This transformative workshop is an introspective exploration of the profound impact of our various identities on our experiences and our journey toward transcending all identities.

We will begin with a brief period of Zazen followed by an investigation of the superiority complex, a formidable barrier to authentic human connection. Together, we will aim to unveil the origins of this complex and discern effective strategies for disentangling its grip. Our exploration will continue as we navigate the terrain of insecurities and self-doubts, addressing the pervasive inferiority complex. We will illuminate ways in which this complex shapes our lives and facilitate the discovery of methods to unburden ourselves. At the core of our workshop, we confront the equality complex. We will examine this through the lens of Thich Nhat Hanh and Rinzai Zen, contemplating the delusion of the separate self and exploring ways to unlock the door of compassion.

Facilitating this transformative experience is Jifu, a psychologist and dedicated Zen practitioner of over 25 years, deeply immersed in both the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition and Rinzai Zen. Her unique blend of insights, grounded in her reception of the precepts in both traditions, will help guide our collective dialogue, unraveling the complexities of our human experience. Join us on this illuminating journey as we navigate the intricacies of our identities and nurture the seeds of compassion within.

A $10 donation is encouraged, but not mandatory. The workshop is designed for a small group of people and space is limited, so please register early!  ZSS Health Protocols apply.


November 18, 2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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New York Zendo
223 E 67th St
New York, NY 10065
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(212) 861-3333


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