POETRY OF AWAKENING from China, Japan, and India
Jul
6
to Jul 8

POETRY OF AWAKENING from China, Japan, and India

Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, NM

Instructor(s): Sensei Kaz Tanahashi * Linda Hess, PhD

Join Sensei Kaz Tanahashi and Stanford scholar Linda Hess for a weekend of reading and creatively engaging with Buddhist poets Hanshan, Dogen, Hakuin, Ryokan from the 7th to 19th centuries, and with Kabir–an iconoclastic mystic of 15th century India whose roots reach to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Indian Islam, but who refuses to be identified by any religious or sectarian label.

Hinduism, Buddhism, and yogic meditation all emerged from ancient India. In the Buddha’s time, these streams intermingled. Over millennia and across cultures, traditions evolved and were defined in different ways. Their common roots include a conviction that liberation from ignorance and suffering is possible through self-knowledge, discipline, right understanding and practice.

What do Kabir and the Chinese/Japanese Zen poets have in common? They all compose powerful and inspiring poetry. They urge us to wake up. They observe the fragility of life, the poignancy of suffering, and the imminence of death. They have a sense of humor and an eye for irony, sometimes sharply observing our foolishness, hypocrisy, and absurdity. They hint at an experience beyond words or concepts, pointing or playfully alluding to it, tricking or surprising us into entering it. They offer insights into the nature of the mind, the ways of delusion, and the call of awakening.

Plunging into the poems, we will relate intimately with their words, forms, and ways of unfolding. We will discuss questions of translation and reflect on the poetry’s relevance to our own practice. We will hear singers interpreting Kabir’s poems musically and see film clips that show his living presence in India and Pakistan. Participants will try their hands at creating poems or other works inspired by the poems we encounter together.

Required Reading:
Download PDF Preface & introduction to The Bijak of Kabir (about 40 pp). This document will notbe available at Upaya.
Or you may choose to order the book itself, The Bijak of Kabir by Linda Hess.  This site gives you both new and used options.

To further your interest:
Bodies of Song: Kabir Oral Traditions and Informative Worlds of North India by Linda Hess

Lodging: Your tuition does not include lodging. Your first choice of lodging may not be available. Please check for availability by calling 505-986-8518 ext. 112 or email registrar@upaya.org.

For more information and to register: Email registrar@upaya.org    
Phone
 505-986-8518 ext. 112
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CALLIGRAPHY: Heart of the Brush
Jul
13
to Jul 15

CALLIGRAPHY: Heart of the Brush

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The practice of calligraphy teaches us that anyone can be creative. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced calligrapher, any one of you can expand your creativity and enjoy making artwork. You can apply your creativity in your daily activity, whether you are a student, teacher, parent, scientist, or artist.

We will begin by exploring the 1700 year old wisdom of East Asian calligraphy as we look at ancient Chinese masterpieces. Then we will engage the heart of the learning and creative process by faithfully copying selected ideographs in different styles. While practicing basic aesthetics and techniques of brushwork, we will notice our own imperfections and inner criticisms that usually keep us from fully enjoying each moment. Step by step, we will find ways to increase the degree of our enjoyment and serene excitement, which can be applied in everyday life. Using a variety of paper and brushes of different sizes, we will also experiment with artistic interpretation and expressionistic improvisation. No previous experience is needed.

Kaz will bring brushes and paper. Kaz Tanahashi, born and trained in Japan, is an artist, writer, and peace worker, active in U.S.A. since 1977. As a painter and calligrapher, Kaz has had solo exhibitions of his brushwork, performed, and taught worldwide. He has created a genre of one-stroke paintings and multi-color Zen circles. As a calligrapher in East Asian style, he creates works of large single ideographs

Location: Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, NM

For more information and to register: Email registrar@upaya.org    
Phone
 505-986-8518 ext. 112
https://www.upaya.org

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Zen Brush
Sep
15
to Sep 16

Zen Brush

Theme for 2018: Practice

Registration Information: Tentative Schedule for both days:

9-12  Start with meditation, then calligraphy practice and demonstrations.

12-1:30  Lunch/Break~Lunch is provided. Please let me know of any dietary issues.

1:30-4:30  Start with meditation, then calligraphy practice and demonstrations.

Cost for the two day workshop is $190, or if you want to only participate one day the cost is $110.

To register before August for the workshop, send a $100 deposit to, after August send the full amount to:

Zen Brush Workshop
10688 Grays Court*
Forestville, CA 95436

Make checks payable to Zen Brush Workshop.

Cancellation:  For a cancellation request 30 days before the workshop, a cancellation fee of 25% of the total cost will be levied.  A cancellation less than 30 days before the workshop, a 25% cancellation fee will be changed, AS LONG AS WE HAVE A REPLACEMENT PARTICIPANT, otherwise a 75% cancellation fee will be charged.  Extreme circumstances will be taken into consideration.

Lodging
If you need lodging for Saturday night, there are several B & B’s in the area.  Farm House Inn and Raford Inn, tend to be on the expensive side, but are very close to the workshop site.  In Sebatopol (about 20 minutes away), there is the Sebastopol Inn and the Fairfield Inn with  more reasonable rates.  Camping is available at Mirabel Campgrounds and River Bend Campgrounds.  Both are near the workshop site.

Once a year Kazuaki Tanahashi, Sensei comes to Sonoma County to give a two day workshop, exploring all aspects of Asian calligraphy.  Tanahashi, Sensei is a painter, calligrapher, writer and peace activist, whose early training was in Japan.  For more information about Kaz, contact his website at zenbrush.net

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Zhiyong’s One Thousand Ideographs
Sep
27
to Sep 28

Zhiyong’s One Thousand Ideographs

Kaz Tanahashi continues his annual Madison advanced workshop on Chinese master calligraphers with a two-day study of Zhi Yong’s 1000 Characters.

According to legend, Emperor Wu wanted a calligraphy text for his son to study and asked Zhou Xing (470-521 CE), to cre. ate a 1000-character verse - with no character repeating - from the brushwork of Wang Xizhi, the Master of Chinese calligraphy. Zhi Yong (~580 CE), known as the Calligraphy Monk, later brushed 800 copies of Zhou’s 1000 Character text in side-by-side formal and cursive script and donated them to monasteries in his region. For centuries 1000 Characters was the basic literacy text in China, and Zhi Yong’s version was the most studied.

In this workshop Kaz will take us deeper into formal and cursive script through the study of Zhi Yong’s style. Workshop participants will have the option of closely studying Zhi Yong’s calligraphy, bringing their own calligraphy project to work on, or combining the two.

All participants can also register for the weekend workshop, Heart of the Brush, and during it continue, with Kaz’s input, working on their own project, studying Zhi Yong, or simply follow Kaz’s curriculum.

For information: kaztanahashimadison@gmail.com.

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Heart of the Brush
Sep
28
to Sep 30

Heart of the Brush

Become introduced to shodō, or the Way of the Brush, with master calligrapher, teacher, and Zen scholar, Kazuaki Tanahashi. 

No previous experience in meditation or brush work is necessary to join this workshop.

In this workshop you will learn the basic skills of brushwork as you practice copying ideograms from ancient Chinese masterpieces (the traditional way of studying brush calligraphy). You will also interpret these works and develop awareness in the moment while exploring how presence with the brush works in our heart, our mind, and our environs.

Kazuaki Tanahashi is a calligrapher, Zen scholar, and peace and environmental activist. He is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and has had solo exhibitions of his brushwork around the world. The author of many books, he is a renowned and treasured translator of Dōgen - the founder of Soto Zen.  Kaz’s complete, two-volume translation of Dōgen’s Treasury of the True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dōgen's Shobo Genzo was published in 2011. His Heart of the Brush: The Splendor of East Asian Calligraphy, a guide to the study of calligraphy, was published in 2016. 

The fee is $215 for three days (Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday days).  The price includes all materials and Saturday and Sunday lunch.  No previous experience in meditation or brush work is necessary.

Kaz will also offer an advanced workshop on Zhi Yong’s One Thousand Characters Thursday, September 27 through the day of September 28th.  For this workshop you do not need to consider yourself advanced, but previous experience with the brush and the brush strokes is assumed. Students in the Zhi Yong workshop also have the option of continuing their study during the Heart of the Brush workshop.

Madison, Wisconsin. “Heart of the Brush.” For information: kaztanahashimadison@gmail.com.

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Calligraphy Workshop
Oct
19
to Oct 21

Calligraphy Workshop

Berlin, Germany. “Calligraphy Workshop.”

Der Workshop: Erfahrungen mit Kalligraphie werden nicht vorausgesetzt. Es sind sowohl Geübte als auch Anfänger eingeladen. Im Workshop werden Pinselführung, Gebrauch von Tusche oder Wasserfarben, das Schreiben mit Pinseln unterschiedlicher Stärke und Größe sowie der Fluss der Tusche auf Papier in verschiedenen
Qualitäten und Größen geübt. Die Technik und Ästhetik der ostasiatischen Kalligraphie werden wir auf traditionelle Weise erkunden, indem wir Schriftzeichen alter chinesischer
Meisterwerke mit Pinsel und Tusche nachempfinden. Jeder Teilnehmer hat die Möglichkeit,
sich von Tanahashi-san persönlich in Pinselhaltung und Strichführung einweisen zu lassen.
Pinsel verschiedener Größe, unterschiedliche Arten von Papier, Tusche und Wasserfarben werden vom Veranstalter gestellt. In unseren eigenen Arbeiten erfahren wir: Ein Pinselstrich, eine einzige Linie, gerade oder gebogen, in einem Atemzug gemalt, enthüllt den Geist, die Energie und Gegenwärtigkeit der Person, die ihn ausführt. Disziplin und Freiheit der Hand werden sichtbar. Bitte ein Gewicht für das Papier (z. B. einen Stein) und einen Bleistift mit bringen.

Ort: Seminarhaus S1516, Schönholzer
Str. 16, 10115 Berlin-Mitte
www.s1516.de

Zeiten: 19. bis 21.10.2018
Freitag 14:00 bis 18:00 Uhr
Einführung und erste Übungen
Samstag 10:00 bis 18:00 Uhr
Kurzvorträge und Übungen
Sonntag 10:00 bis 14:00 Uhr
Arbeiten mit großem Pinsel und Abschlussrunde
Kosten: 190,00 EUR (Ermäßigung in begründeten Fällen).
In englischer Sprache, Übersetzung bei Bedarf.

For information:
Klaus Kraemer, k.p.kraemer@web.de, +49308821699
Diese Nachricht wurde von meinem Android Mobiltelefon mit WEB.DE Mail gesendet.

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ROHATSU SESSHIN: Four Noble Truths
Dec
1
to Dec 8

ROHATSU SESSHIN: Four Noble Truths

Instructor(s): Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD * Roshi Enkyo O'Hara * Sensei Kaz Tanahashi

Rohatsu Sesshin marks the enlightenment of the Buddha. It is a powerful gathering of practitioners and friends who are dedicated to realizing the way. Roshis Joan Halifax and Enkyo O’Hara, and Sensei Kaz Tanahashi explore the enlightenment of the Buddha, the story and its meaning in our lives today, during this powerful annual retreat.

The retreat is in silence, with sitting and walking meditation, eating formally as a community, daily dharma talks, private interviews with teachers, liturgy and samu. Sesshin provides a powerful container supporting the unification of body and mind, and our individuality with the community and the world. Roshi Joan Halifax is Abbot of Upaya Zen Center. Roshi Enkyo O’Hara is Abbot of Village Zendo, and Sensei Kaz Tanahashi is a Dogen Scholar.

Roshi Joan reviews applications. This is the only sesshin that Roshi leads during the year. In general, she prioritizes attendance for her students and those of Roshi Enkyo, as well as people who have experience with sitting longer sesshin in the past. We also ask that you are able to commit to sitting the entire sesshin with the community. We are not be able to accommodate late comers or those who wish to leave early.

Meals are taken in oriyoki style; we are not able to meet all dietary needs. If you have any special food needs, please be sure to include that information on the application.

Rohatsu sesshin is a wonderful experience, and it is also demanding in many ways. Thoughtfully consider before applying. We ask that you graciously understand if we are unable to accommodate your request to attend. If we cannot accept you at this time, please consider signing up for one of the other programs and sesshins that are offered at Upaya throughout the year.

LODGING FILLS QUICKLY. WE ENCOURAGE EARLY LODGING COMMITMENT.
Acceptance into Rohatsu is based on an application.

For information: www.upaya.org. Email: upaya@upaya.org. (505) 986-8518

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Zen Calligraphy Intensive
Mar
12
to Mar 18

Zen Calligraphy Intensive

Immerse yourself in exploring Zen calligraphy near San Francisco, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Daily activities will include meditation, readings of Zen texts, and lectures on the history of East Asian calligraphy. You will practice with formal, semi-cursive, and cursive characters as well as their artistic interpretations during class and studio time.  You will learn how to paint your favorite phrases, then mount your calligraphy for display. You will experiment with brushes and paper of different sizes, painting with black ink and watercolors.

The intensive will be held at Mercy Center, an internationally known conference and retreat center near San Francisco Airport. A former convent on 40 acres, Mercy Center is an oasis of quiet, contemplative living. It is public transit friendly, with free shuttles available at some hours of the day..

Kazuaki Tanahashi is a world renowned calligrapher, painter, Zen scholar, author, and translator of Buddhist texts including
works by Zen Master Dogen. Also a peace activitist and a Fellow of the World
Academy of Art and Science. 

To register or for more information contact Christine  at  http://www.zenbrush.net  to be placed on the list of participants. Deposits (half of the total fee - $750) should be received by December 1, 2017. Prior to Dec. 1, 2017 (early registration) the cost is $1495 for a single room, fully inclusive of lodging, meals, tuition, and materials. After Dec. 1, 2017, the cost is $1595 fully inclusive. For more information and a tentative schedule, go to zenbrush.net. The workshop is limited to 20 participants. 

Please note the program is full.
For a detailed listing of daily activities go to zenbrush.net.

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CALLIGRAPHY: Heart of the Brush
Feb
9
to Feb 11

CALLIGRAPHY: Heart of the Brush

The practice of calligraphy teaches us that anyone can be creative. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced calligrapher, any one of you can expand your creativity and enjoy making artwork. You can apply your creativity in your daily activity, whether you are a student, teacher, parent, scientist, or artist.

We will begin by exploring the 1700 year old wisdom of East Asian calligraphy as we look at ancient Chinese masterpieces. Then we will engage the heart of the learning and creative process by faithfully copying selected ideographs in different styles. While practicing basic aesthetics and techniques of brushwork, we will notice our own imperfections and inner criticisms that usually keep us from fully enjoying each moment. Step by step, we will find ways to increase the degree of our enjoyment and serene excitement, which can be applied in everyday life. Using a variety of paper and brushes of different sizes, we will also experiment with artistic interpretation and expressionistic improvisation. No previous experience is needed.

Kaz will bring brushes and paper. Kaz Tanahashi, born and trained in Japan, is an artist, writer, and peace worker, active in U.S.A. since 1977. As a painter and calligrapher, Kaz has had solo exhibitions of his brushwork, performed, and taught worldwide. He has created genres of one-stroke paintings, multi-color Zen circles and East Asian calligraphy. As a calligrapher in East Asian style, he creates works of large single ideographs. genres of one-stroke paintings, multi-color Zen circles and East Asian calligraphy.

For more information and to register: Email registrar@upaya.org    Phone 505-986-8518 ext. 112
https://www.upaya.org

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THE WAY OF HAIKU: Shiki and Modern Japanese Haiku Writers.
Feb
2
to Feb 4

THE WAY OF HAIKU: Shiki and Modern Japanese Haiku Writers.

Please join us February 2 - 4, 2018 at Upaya Zen Center for  THE WAY OF HAIKU: Shiki and Modern Japanese Haiku Writers.

Shiki Masaoka (1867-1902) advocated the significance of “portrayal of nature” in haiku and revived the poetic form. The popularity of haiku writing in Japan and the Western world owes much to him.

We will study his poems as well as masterpieces in contemporary Japan. We will also note how Japanese female poets have contributed to this genre. Inspired by the works we examine, all of us, including the participants, will write and share our own poems.

Required reading:
Seeds From a Birch Tree: Writing Haiku and The Spiritual Journey by Clark Strand

Suggested reading:
Masaoka Shiki: His Life and Works by Janine Beichman
Modern Japanese Haiku: An Anthology by Makoto Ueda
Far Beyond the Field: Haiku by Japanese Women by Makoto Ueda

Instructor(s): Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD * Sensei Kaz Tanahashi * Natalie Goldberg * Clark Strand

For more information and to register: Email registrar@upaya.org    Phone 505-986-8518 ext. 112
https://www.upaya.org

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ROHATSU SESSSHIN: One and Many
Dec
1
to Dec 8

ROHATSU SESSSHIN: One and Many

Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico 

Instructor(s): Roshi Joan Halifax * Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara * Sensei Kaz Tanahashi

Rohatsu Sesshin marks the enlightenment of the Buddha. It is a powerful gathering of practitioners and friends who are dedicated to realizing the way. Roshis Joan Halifax and Enkyo O'Hara, and Sensei Kazuaki Tanahashi explore the enlightenment of the Buddha, the story and its meaning in our lives today, during this powerful annual retreat.

The retreat is in silence, with sitting and walking meditation, eating formally as a community, daily dharma talks, private interviews with teachers, liturgy and samu. Sesshin provides a powerful container supporting the unification of body and mind, and our individuality with the community and the world. Roshi Joan Halifax is Abbot of Upaya Zen Center. Roshi Enkyo O'Hara is Abbot of Village Zendo, and Sensei Kazuaki Tanahashi is a Dogen Scholar.

Roshi Joan will review applications. This is the only sesshin that Roshi leads during the year. In general, she prioritizes attendance for her students and those of Roshi Enkyo, as well as people who have experience with sitting longer sesshin in the past. We also ask that you are able to commit to sitting the entire sesshin with the community. We are not be able to accommodate late comers or those who wish to leave early.

Meals are taken in oriyoki style; we will not able to meet all dietary needs. If you have any special food needs, please be sure to include that information on the application.

Rohatsu sesshin is a wonderful experience, and it is also demanding in many ways. Thoughtfully consider before applying. We ask that you graciously understand if we are unable to accommodate your request to attend. If we cannot accept you at this time, please consider signing up for one of the other programs and sesshins that are offered at Upaya throughout the year.

Acceptance into Rohatsu is based on an application. 

  • Balances are due October 1, 2017 for this retreat.
  • Upaya retains a $50 processing fee for all cancellations prior to September 15th.
  • If you cancel from September 16-October 1, Upaya retains the $100 deposit.
  • If you cancel anytime from October 2-30, 50% of the tuition and housing upgrade (if applicable) is non-refundable ($297.50/members; $327/non-members).
  • If you cancel anytime from October 31 - December 1, 100% of your tuition and housing upgrade (if applicable) is non-refundable.

For information: www.upaya.org. Email: upaya@upaya.org. (505) 986-8518

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Miracle of Each Moment: Inspiration from the Teachings of Zen Master Dogen
Nov
25
to Nov 26

Miracle of Each Moment: Inspiration from the Teachings of Zen Master Dogen

A weekend workshop with Kazuaki Takahashi and Henry Shukman

Mountain Cloud Zen CenterNovember 25-26
(Saturday and Sunday) 10 AM - 4 PM each day

Join us for meditation, dharma talks, discussion and demonstrations of calligraphy, all inspired by Master Dogen's teachings.

This is a non residential retreat. For those coming from out of town, basic lodging is available in our guest room or in our cabins. If you would like to stay in one of our cabins, please let us know by emailing the registrar at mtncloudzen@gmail.com.  Only lunch is provide, other meals are on your own.

Scholarships available. Register on www. mountaincloud.org

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East/West Calligraphy Workshop Venice, Italy
Nov
5
to Nov 12

East/West Calligraphy Workshop Venice, Italy

Monica Dengo, Master Western Calligrapher

Kazuaki Tanahashi, Master East Asian Calligrapher

            It seems only fitting to hold a workshop to experience a fusion of these two calligraphic traditions in the city where Marco Polo ventured forth to explore the east. After a two-year hiatus, Monica and Kaz come together again to create this life-altering inspirational workshop. Practitioners of either or both traditions are welcome, but no previous experience in those traditions is necessary to attend. All materials are included in the price of the workshop. Instruction will be given in English. Please contact Christine, workshop facilitator, if you think you would need a translator.

         The workshop will take place at Palazzo Minotto in the Gaffaro section of Dorsodoro and is limited to 15 participants. Early registration for the workshop is 930 Euros or $1000 USD (this is the exchange rate as of 11/16, but might need to be adjusted in September when the final payment is due). Early registration ends June 1st and deposits (1/2 of the workshop fee) should be made by then. Sign ups after June 1st are 1000 Euros or $1,100 USD. To ensure accurate communication it would be helpful to make your email communication in English.

            November is the start of low season in Venice, when the weather can still be very good and accommodations are more affordable. Christine has generalinformation on Venice, nearby accommodations, vaporetto passes, etc. Most of it will be posted on her website zenbrush.net

To sign up please contact Christine at zenbrush@yahoo.com to be placed on the list.

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Brush Mind Workshop- Antwerp, Belgium
Oct
13
to Oct 15

Brush Mind Workshop- Antwerp, Belgium

We will begin by exploring the 1700 year old wisdom of East Asian calligraphy as we look at ancient Chinese masterpieces. Then we will engage the heart of the learning and creative process by faithfully copying selected ideographs in different styles.

While practicing basic aesthetics and techniques of brushwork, we will notice our own imperfections and inner criticisms that usually keep us from fully enjoying each moment. Step by step, we will find ways to increase the degree of our enjoyment and serene excitement, which can be applied in everyday life. Using a variety of paper and brushes of different sizes, we will also experiment with artistic interpretation and expressionistic improvisation.

Our materials will include black ink as well as bio-degradable watercolor paint.

No previous experience is needed.

Subscription fee:
-200 euro
Included are use of materials (ink, brushes, paper), and 2 vegetarian meals a day. or
-225 euro  
with overnight stays and breakfast

Ho Sen Dojo vzw
Sint-Rochusstraat 27
2000 Antwerpen
Belgium
info@zenantwerpen.be
0032 487 644 282 (Luc De Winter)

Please send an email and pay,  as confirmation of your subscription, on
IBAN: BE44 3630 4172 0245
BIC: BBRUBEBB
of Ho Sen Dojo vzw

 

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Heart of the Brush
Jul
21
to Jul 23

Heart of the Brush

The practice of calligraphy teaches us that anyone can be creative. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced calligrapher, any one of you can expand your creativity and enjoy making artwork. You can apply your creativity in your daily activity, whether you are a student, teacher, parent, scientist, or artist.

We will begin by exploring the 1700 year old wisdom of East Asian calligraphy as we look at ancient Chinese masterpieces. Then we will engage the heart of the learning and creative process by faithfully copying selected ideographs in different styles. While practicing basic aesthetics and techniques of brushwork, we will notice our own imperfections and inner criticisms that usually keep us from fully enjoying each moment. Step by step, we will find ways to increase the degree of our enjoyment and serene excitement, which can be applied in everyday life. Using a variety of paper and brushes of different sizes, we will also experiment with artistic interpretation and expressionistic improvisation. No previous experience is needed.

Kaz will bring brushes and paper. Kaz Tanahashi, born and trained in Japan, is an artist, writer, and peace worker, active in U.S.A. since 1977. As a painter and calligrapher, Kaz has had solo exhibitions of his brushwork, performed, and taught worldwide. He has created a genre of one-stroke paintings and multi-color Zen circles. As a calligrapher in East Asian style, he creates works of large single ideographs.

Maximum Participants: 30
Tuition (Members): $250.00
Tuition (Non-Members): $275.00
More details: Plus lodging. Dana to teacher and residents. 

Lodging: Your tuition fee does not include lodging. Your first choice of lodging may not be available, and private accommodations are very limited.
For information: www.upaya.org. Phone: 505-986-8518 ext. 112 Email: registrar@upaya.org.

If you wish to stay on the Upaya campus, the following options are available:

  • Dorm $70 per night
  • Double $95 per night
  • Single $110 per night
  • RV space $35 per night

 

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SESSHIN
Jul
11
to Jul 16

SESSHIN

Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Instructor(s): Sensei Kaz Tanahashi * Joshin Brian Byrnes * Genzan Quennell

Sesshin literally means ‘gathering the heart/mind’. A sesshin is an intensive multi-day Zen meditation retreat with a consistent schedule that creates a deep, quiet container for practice. Each day consists of sitting (zazen) and walking (kinhin) meditation, service and chanting (liturgy), formal meals in the zendo (oryoki*), personal interviews with the teachers, work practice (samu) and physical practice. We observe Noble Silence throughout and support each other in quiet, whole-hearted practice. It is recommended, although certainly not mandatory, that you participate in at least one day-long retreat (Zazenkai or Bodhidharma) before you sit sesshin to prepare you for this very deep and intimate practice.

Tuition (Members): $390.00
Tuition (Non-Members): $430.00
More details: Includes dormitory lodging (upgrade available). Dana to teachers.

For information: www.upaya.org. Email: upaya@upaya.org. (505) 986-8518.

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WAY OF HAIKU: Chiyo and Issa
Feb
17
to Feb 19

WAY OF HAIKU: Chiyo and Issa

Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Instructor(s): Roshi Joan Halifax * Sensei Kaz Tanahashi * Natalie Goldberg * Charles Trumbull

This weekend is a plunge into the way of haiku with translator Sensei Kaz Tanahashi, writer Natalie Goldberg, Roshi Joan Halifax, and haiku specialist Charles Trumbull. This year, we explore the exquisite haiku of Chiyo-ni and impassioned haiku of Issa.

Fukuda Chiyo-ni (1703 - 1775), a poet of the Edo period and a Buddhist nun, was widely regarded as one of the greatest female haiku poets. She began writing haiku at the age of seven, and by the age of seventeen was widely known throughout Japan for her haiku. Chiyo-ni's teachers were students of Basho, although she developed her own exquisite style. 

Kobayashi Issa (1763 - 1828), a poet and lay Buddhist priest of the Jōdo Shinshū sect, was renowned for his haiku poems and journals. He is regarded as one of the four great haiku masters in Japan, along with Bashō, Buson and Shiki. He wrote over 20,000 haiku, many treasured today. He also was a visual artist, who often illustrated his haiku.

We explore the lives of Chiyo-ni and Issa, their works, translations, and the role of haiku in Zen, Japan, and our contemporary world. We write haiku, draw, see images of the haiku master's lives and works, and follow the thread of haiku in history and ordinary and practice life.

For information: www.upaya.org. Email: upaya@upaya.org. (505) 986-8518.

 

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Feb
3
to Feb 5

CALLIGRAPHY: Heart of the Brush

Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico

The practice of calligraphy teaches us that anyone can be creative. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced calligrapher, any one of you can expand your creativity and enjoy making artwork. You can apply your creativity in your daily activity, whether you are a student, teacher, parent, scientist, or artist.

We will begin by exploring the 1700 year old wisdom of East Asian calligraphy as we look at ancient Chinese masterpieces. Then we will engage the heart of the learning and creative process by faithfully copying selected ideographs in different styles. While practicing basic aesthetics and techniques of brushwork, we will notice our own imperfections and inner criticisms that usually keep us from fully enjoying each moment. Step by step, we will find ways to increase the degree of our enjoyment and serene excitement, which can be applied in everyday life. Using a variety of paper and brushes of different sizes, we will also experiment with artistic interpretation and expressionistic improvisation. No previous experience is needed.

Kaz will bring brushes and paper. Kazuaki Tanahashi, born and trained in Japan, is an artist, writer, and peace worker, active in U.S.A. since 1977. As a painter and calligrapher, Kaz has had solo exhibitions of his brushwork, performed, and taught worldwide. He has created a genre of one-stroke paintings and multi-color Zen circles. As a calligrapher in East Asian style, he creates works of large single ideographs.

For information: www.upaya.org. Email: upaya@upaya.org. (505) 986-8518.

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Dec
1
to Dec 8

ROHATSU: Awakening Together

December 1-8. Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico. “ROHATSU SESSSHIN: Awakening Together.”

Instructors: Roshi Joan Halifax, Abbot * Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara * Sensei Kazuaki Tanahashi

For information: www.upaya.org. Email: upaya@upaya.org. (505) 986-8518.

Rohatsu Sesshin marks the enlightenment of the Buddha. It is a powerful gathering of practitioners and friends who are dedicated to realizing the way. Roshis Joan Halifax and Enkyo O'Hara, and Sensei Kazuaki Tanahashi explore the enlightenment of the Buddha, the story and its meaning in our lives today, during this powerful annual retreat.

The retreat is in silence, with sitting and walking meditation, eating formally as a community, daily dharma talks, private interviews with teachers, liturgy and samu. Sesshin provides a powerful container supporting the unification of body and mind, and our individuality with the community and the world. Roshi Joan Halifax is Abbot of Upaya Zen Center. Roshi Enkyo O'Hara is Abbot of Village Zendo, and Sensei Kazuaki Tanahashi is a Dogen Scholar.

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