Discover how the essential principles and practices of Zen Buddhism awaken you to greater self-awareness, lasting peace, and deep fulfillment.
You are Buddha. And you know this is true. You’ve experienced it for yourself, if only for a moment. This is when everything drops away, and what is left is just this. Your true nature. Your Buddha-nature. It fulfills you completely, with nothing lacking, in the boundless freedom of the present moment.
Quite naturally, you desire to meet every moment in this way, more fully present, alive and self-aware. You yearn to live each moment grounded in the experience of your body, with a feeling of openness, ease and joy… meeting the challenges and opportunities of your life with wisdom and compassion.
Perhaps you hear the growing presence of an inner voice calling you to live a more purposeful and deeply fulfilling life. A life in which every moment is a moment of waking up to the way things are. Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki Roshi said of this inner voice, “This is the voice of Buddha.”
However, like many others, you may sense a large gap between the transformational possibilities for your life and the reality of your lived experience.
We all live in a world of ever-increasing volatility, complexity, uncertainty and fast-paced change. And if you’re like many people, your life is an ongoing effort to cope with overwhelming stress, anxiety, frustration and fear.
This affects your ability to focus your attention and maintain a sense of stability and balance in your life. You can easily find yourself stuck in habitual and reactive patterns that hold you back. These patterns are ways of being that prevent you from having a clear sense of possibility and from realizing your full potential.
Moment after moment, you should completely devote yourself to listening to your inner voice. That is how to see someone who is great in its true sense.
~ Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
One day you may get up in the morning and look at yourself in the mirror and wonder: How did I get to be like this? Is this really my life? Who am I? Is this who I always wanted to be?
In his infinite wisdom and compassion, the Buddha realized that all of us, as human beings, participate in the creation of our stress, anxiety and frustration when we try to resist, or grasp and cling to the ever-changing experience of our life.
The Buddha taught that if you hold too tightly to your fixed views—to your own version of reality—and see yourself as fixed and static, separate and disconnected from everything around you, your experience of life is a perpetual state of unease and dissatisfaction.
He saw that the solution to this problem was not to be found in the usual places. It’s not to be discovered in distracting yourself with temporary pleasures, or by changing the external circumstances of your life. It’s not to be realized by getting more of what you like, and less of what you don’t like.
Instead, what is required is a fundamental shift in how you see and relate to your world.
What is needed is to wake up to your true nature—your Buddha-nature. Maybe this sounds way too big and impossible, but it’s actually quite simple.
The Buddha discovered that there is one, very simple and direct way to experience this: by being completely and fully in the present moment. He said, “Do not dwell in the past; do not dream of the future; concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
Zen is the practice of meeting this moment.
It is training your attention and increasing your self-awareness so that in every moment of your life, you become finely attuned to the constant flow of your experience—as it’s happening.
The most important point is to live on each moment. You should live with the things you have right now and find new meaning in them. That is our practice.
~ Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
Zen practice is a dynamic learning-by-doing process that involves your whole body and mind. It is the day-by-day, moment-by-moment path to waking up to the truest sense of yourself as a human being.
Open your life to the Zen path of wisdom and compassion.
In this six-week, interactive online course, you will get direct and insightful teachings on the fundamental principles and practices of Zen Buddhism.
You’ll be introduced to the practice of Zen meditation, or zazen, and taught how to work skillfully with the habits of your mind. If you already have a Zen practice, this course will help you focus and deepen your understanding and commitment.
You will personally connect with experienced Zen teachers, who will encourage and guide you in your daily practice. Gradually, you will find yourself more settled and open, more able to access your inner stillness and freedom, and in so doing, you will discover your path in ways and at a pace that makes sense for you.
By the end of this course, you will have experienced an embodied Zen practice that will help you in all aspects of your life. Deepening your innate capacity for self-awareness, you will have new abilities to meet your real-life challenges and pursue new opportunities with greater clarity, creativity and possibility.
Transforming your life through Zen practice, you will gain the rare capacity to meet each moment with wisdom and compassion, and be inspired to start living your practice in the world for the benefit of all beings.