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Thursday Evening Event with Nancy Mujo Baker, April 6
Zen teacher and writer Nancy Mujo Baker will join us on April 6 at our Thursday Evening Event. She will give a talk on new book on the precepts, Opening to Oneness: A Practical and Philosophical Guide to the Precepts(Shambhala Publications)
Thursday April 6 Event
Sitting: 5:30pm MT
Nancy’s Dharmatalk: 6pm MT
Zoom Link for online attendance
This event will be a hybrid event with sitting in our physical zendo as well as streamed online on zoom. No registration required and no cost. Dana is always appreciated for the teacher and donations for Mountain Cloud,
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In Opening to Oneness, Zen teacher Nancy Baker offers a detailed path of practice for Zen students planning to take the precepts and for anyone, Buddhist or non-Buddhist, interested in deepening their personal study of ethical living. She reveals that there are three levels of each precept: a literal level (don’t kill, not even a bug), a relative level that takes moral ambiguity into account (what if it’s a malaria-spreading mosquito?), and an ultimate level—the paradoxical level of nonduality, in which the precepts are naturally expressed from a state of oneness.
Full of nuance, intelligence, and compassion, the first half of the book addresses the ten grave precepts mostly from the relative level, including instructions for how to practice these precepts individually and in pairs or groups.
The second half of the book takes a deep dive into looking at the precepts from the ultimate perspective, largely through an exploration of the writings of Dogen, the thirteenth-century religious genius who founded the Soto Zen school.
Nancy Mujo Baker Roshi is the founding teacher of the No Traces Sangha in the lineage of Maezumi Roshi’s White Plum sanga. A Dharma successor to Bernie Glassman, she is among the first fully empowered lay Soto Zen teachers. She is Professor Emerita of Philosophy at Sarah Lawrence College, where she taught for more than forty years. She lives in New York City. We published one of her essays, Sitting No-where, Leaving no Traces, on our website some time ago. Click here to read.
You may purchase Nancy’s book through Shambhala Publications, click here or through most major online retailers.