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Practicing with the World: Cultivating Engaged Activity--dharma seminar

  • Mountain Rain Zendo 2016 Wall Street Vancouver, BC, V5L 1J5 Canada (map)

What is the value of cultivating inner peace when the world we are living in is so deeply troubled?
Often efforts to engage the many pressing issues of our time are seriously compromised by strife, apathy, and fear.  Can our spiritual practice provide a grounding and perspective that assists us to be involved in our society?  And can this engagement benefit our practice by expanding our sense of connection to the whole world? 
In this 5-week Sunday series with Shuso Jikai Vicki Turay, we will explore these questions on the interconnection between our practice and our engagement in the world. Each session will consist of an informal talk by the shuso, followed by experiential exercises, and small/large group discussion.

Everyone is welcome to participate to whatever extent they are able, but registered practice period participants will receive a weekly email with supplementary materials and reflection topics. For more information on our 2016 practice period click: Practice Period Guide

Shuso Jikai Vicki Turay has been a student of Buddhism for some 30 years.  During this time she lived with her husband and two children in a communal co-op in Vancouver for 25 years.  Also she has worked and volunteer in a broad range of groups ranging from the B.C. Civil Liberties Union, adults with mental and physical challenges, environmental and social justice groups.  Finding harmony between the inner and the outer aspects of her life has been her quest.

Please note: During practice period on Sundays we will have an extended schedule:

9:30 zazen

10:00 kinhin

10:10 zazen

10:40 service

11:00-12:30 talk and seminar

Dharma seminar schedule:

Oct. 2 Overview/historical perspectives

Oct. 9 Listening to Your Self--Listening to Others

Oct. 16  Sunday half-day retreat   No seminar. Dharma talk by Kate

Oct. 23  Conflict

Oct. 30 Case study: supporting Syrian refugees

Nov. 6 Vision for the World: the Bodhisattva Path

Later Event: October 16
Sunday Half-day Retreat