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Introductory Day of Zen: Beginner’s Mind with Valerie Forstman

August 16, 2022

Valerie examines beginner’s mind and explores the question”what is Zen?” during our March 2021 one-day Introduction to Meditation retreat.

Suzuki Roshi – a Japanese Zen master who brought Zen teaching to America in the mid 20th century – said: Beginner’s mind is the mind of compassion. As Zen practitioners we turn this compassion toward ourselves.

Valerie describes the four motivations that bring people to Zen meditation.
1. Curiosity
2. Seeking well-being
3. Wanting to develop a practice or commit to a spiritual path.
4. Looking urgently for answers to the question Who am I?

Suffering brings most of us to practice. The sense that things in our life are fundamentally out of kilter creates an urgency to find clarity about our life.

And, here’s a link to our YouTube video of this talk.

Also, check out our Upcoming Events:

Original Love, Deep Clear Lake: 6 Sundays beginning July 31, 10am – 12pm
And Weekend Retreat, September 10-11 led by Henry Shukman

Sangha Meeting, Saturday September 17, 10am

Autumn Virtual Retreat, September 29-October 4, led by Valerie and Henry

Photo by Mattia Faloretti on Unsplash

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