21st Century Buddhist Event This Week

For those of you local in the Bay Area this week, there is an interesting event for Buddhists in Redwood City. This teaching day brings together a master of the Mahayana Zen tradition of Japan and an abbot of the Theravadan tradition. How often do you get two masters of two very different traditions together to teach?

I’m in Ohio from Wednesday through Sunday for a short retreat. If I wasn’t going to be out there, I would definitely be attending this event.

Not Two, Not Even “One” -- Non-Duality in Theravada and Zen Buddhism

Ajahn Amaro and Joseph Bobrow Roshi Saturday, June 23, 2007 9:00 am-5:00 pm Insight Meditation Center 1205 Hopkins Avenue, Redwood City No Cost: The class is offered freely with an opportunity to make donations to the teachers and Sati Center. No registration is needed. Bring lunch. This program brings together teachers from the Thai Forest and Zen traditions to explore the experience of non-duality in Buddhist practice and everyday life. A central foundation of all Buddhist meditation practice is the capacity to observe our experience clearly. As long as we remain observers, however, examining from the outside in, a core dimension of the Buddhist path eludes us. Buddhist schools have diverse perspectives on non-duality: overlapping, complementing, and sometimes, through a playful exploration of differences, cross-fertilizing one another. The day will consist of Dharma talks, meditation practice and the opportunity for dialogue and questions. Theravada monks eat only what is offered to them, eating their last daily meal before noon. You are welcome to bring food to offer on this day. Ajahn Amaro trained in Thailand with Ajahn Chah and with Ajahn Sumedho, at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in England. He is co-abbot of Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery, a branch monastery of the forest meditation tradition, in Mendocino County. He resides there with a small monastic community. Joseph Bobrow Roshi is a Zen master in the Diamond Sangha (Aitken-Roshi) tradition, and the founder of Deep Streams Zen Institute in San Francisco. He is also a psychologist whose writings explore Buddhism, psychotherapy, and their interplay in relieving suffering and helping us realize and embody our true nature. Deep Streams offers Zen practice; provides interdisciplinary study programs on the interplay of Buddhism and western psychology; and serves the community through programs for Iraq-era veterans and their families, and for high-risk youth.