One cannot be certain of living
even into the evening.
In the dim first light
I watch the waves
from a departing boat.
Practice Period - Spring 2018
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A practice period is an opportunity to explore a deeper connection and commitment to your practice. In our tradition practice periods last 90 days. Historically, this represents the time during the rainy season in India when the roads were impassable and Buddha would gather his disciples for deeper teachings.
A practice period is a time when those who wish to participate make a formal agreement with their teacher about their intentions and practice. During our practice period, there will be an expanded set of offerings. Head student Robin Bradford will also be offering talks and informal tea with participants by appointment. The Practice Period begins with an opening ceremony and ends with a closing ceremony.
Participants consult with a teacher about what commitments are appropriate for their schedules and their aspirations. This form will serve as a guide and an agreement between teacher and student.
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Introduction to Zen Practice 2018
lead by Robin Bradford, Practice Period Head Student
This short series of 3 classes will provide practical instruction in meditation as well as some background and grounding for Zen practice. It will be especially helpful for those new to Zen meditation. If you have had the Appamada orientation, it will expand what you learned, but it is not necessary to have had the orientation to participate in the class.
Human beings are unique animals in that we generate thoughts and emotions endlessly! We are also the only animal (that we know of) that is aware of its own mortality. With our fragile human bodies and busy human minds, we move through a complex world at a challenging time. Who hasn't felt overwhelmed with thoughts and emotions? Who hasn't numbed the body from personal and global anxiety and pain? Yet, how well is this working? Meditation and Zen Buddhist practice offer practical tools for finding freedom within the challenges of daily life. When we learn to cultivate inner peace, we can discover our unique role in leading positive change in our community and the world.
Each class will include a short meditation period, time for questions, and opportunity to learn from each other. No prior experience or knowledge required. Just bring your curiosity and questions. There is no charge for this course, but a donation to Appamada is always appreciated.
This course will be taught by Robin Bradford, Head Student.
Classes meet Thursday evenings, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM on:
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Writing and Meditation Intensive - April 2018
With Judy Myers and Robin Bradford
April 6-7, 2018
913 East 38th St.
Austin, TX 78705
The Writing and Meditation Intensive uses the practices of sitting, writing and being present with one another to explore and illuminate our experience of our spiritual path. You do not need to consider yourself a writer to attend. Register today. Space is limited.
Friday, April 6, 6:30 PM—9:00 PM
Saturday, April 7, 8:00 AM—6:00 PM
This short intensive will offer opportunities for meditation, guided experiences of writing and small group work to help open our hearts and minds to the potential of writing as practice.
This is not about being a “good” writer. Writing is an art. We are all artists. Therefore, we are all writers. By writing together and sharing our writing in the intensive we explore through our own words and those of others deeper aspects of the spiritual path and illuminate our experience of it.
· Please do not bring writing you are working on. We will concentrate on writing generated during the intensive.
· Bring a notebook or journal and/ or paper, pens and pencils.
· We will not be using laptops or other electronic devices.
· Wear comfortable clothing for sitting and consider wearing layers to allow for changes in temperature.
· We will have periods of sitting, writing, talks, sharing, and breaks.
· Snacks and drinks will be provided. Please bring a sack lunch for Saturday.
· We ask you to commit to attending the entire intensive. If you are unable to do so, please contact one of us to discuss your situation.
There is no cost to participate but a dana donation of whatever you can give is always appreciated by the teachers. You may also wish to make a donation to Appamada toward maintaining our sweet zendo.
This intensive will be led by Judy Myers and Robin Bradford.