Precision, Courage, and Grace

Precision, Courage, and Grace

Photo by Jen Theodore on Unsplash Course Dates:November 6, 13, 20, 27Time:10:00 am – 11:30 am Eastern TimeCost:Sangha $50, Others $100 What do these concepts mean to you? What might they have to offer your life? MorningStar blends Big Mind with Zen Focusing to...
Elements of a Teisho and a Dharma Talk

Elements of a Teisho and a Dharma Talk

Photo by Denis Oliveira on Unsplash Course Date:Sunday, November 14Time:4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Eastern TimeCost:Sangha $10, Others $25 So how does one choose a theme for a Dharma talk? Does one begin with a life incident, a koan story from the life of a traditional...
Climate Crisis Workshop

Climate Crisis Workshop

Course Date:Saturday, November 20Course Time:4 p.m. – 11 p.m. MEZ ( European Time)11 a.m. – 6 p.m. EDT (Eastern Time) Language(s): Deutsch/EnglishCost:$95 per person  Delivery Method: Online Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity  ...
Rohatsu 2021

Rohatsu 2021

Source: Public Domain, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.Attributed to Kenkō Shōkei, 16th century. A Zen Garland Online Meditation Retreat Course Dates:December 2 – 5 Daily Times (Eastern Time):Thursday — 3:15 pm – 8:00 pmFriday — 6:00 am – 8:00...
Zen Masters Series

Zen Masters Series

Photo by Céline Haeberly on Unsplash Course Date:First Sunday of each month, beginning on January 2Time:3:00 – 4:00 pm, Eastern TimeCost:Sangha $65, Others $130 Exploring the major figures in the development of Zen Buddhism Explore together the major figures in...
Intro to the Use of Personal Pronouns

Intro to the Use of Personal Pronouns

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash Course Date:February 14, 2022Time:7:30-8:30 pm, Eastern TimeCost:Free Course Educate yourself and build respect in all relationships. Valentine’s Day gift — Bring your friends and family for this fun and free class!...
The Heart “Attack” Sutra

The Heart “Attack” Sutra

Photo by Tamara Bravo on Unsplash Course Date:Saturdays, September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 2022Time:10:00 – 11:00 am, Eastern TimeCost:Sangha $50, Others $100 Everything you need to know about Zen is contained in the Heart Sutra. When chanting the Heart Sutra, is...
Huineng and the Platform Sutra

Huineng and the Platform Sutra

This online, on-demand course introduces students to the Platform Sutra. Composed sometime between the 8th and 13th centuries in China, the Platform Sutra includes stories and teachings attributed to the 6th Zen Patriarch, Huineng. Themes presented within this Sutra...
Cultivating a Field of Benefaction

Cultivating a Field of Benefaction

This on-demand course offers an introduction to some foundational practices to transform the field of horror into the field of benefaction. Zen as a way of being means transforming ourselves, our lives, our being in the world into a “field of benefaction.” This is not...
Blue Cliff Record (Hekiganroku)

Blue Cliff Record (Hekiganroku)

The Hekigan-roku or Blue Cliff Record was composed by two of the greatest Zen ancestors, and they never knew one another, living in China 100 years apart. Hseueh-tou (Jp. Setcho, 980-1052), a successor in the Unmon School, gathered 100 brief excerpts from the...
Huineng and the Platform Sutra

Huineng and the Platform Sutra

Composed sometime between the 8th and 13th centuries in China, the Platform Sutra includes stories and teachings attributed to the 6th Zen Patriarch, Huineng. Themes presented within this Sutra as well as the nature of Huineng and his role in establishing Zen are...
Dream Appreciation and the Awakened Way

Dream Appreciation and the Awakened Way

Photo by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash Course Dates:Saturdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30Time:9:00 a.m. – 10:30a.m. Eastern TimeCost:Sangha $50, Others $100 Overview Dreams are powerful gifts, which, when related to artfully, will support our emotional growth and...
Introduction to The Zen Garland Way – The Ever Intimate of Zen Practice

Cultivating a Field of Benefaction

Zen as a way of being means transforming ourselves, our lives, our being in the world into a “field of benefaction.” This is not about being nice, compliant, or passive. Zen bares the interactive, interdependent and co-creative networks that constitute life itself....
How Empty is Emptiness

How Empty is Emptiness

The Evolution of Shunyata, Master Tozan’s Goi Koans And Roshi Genki’s Five Perspectives “Emptiness that can be deemed empty is not true emptiness. Form that can be deemed form is not true form. True form is without shape. True emptiness is without name.” –...
Exploring Vimalkirti

Exploring Vimalkirti

Course Dates:August 8, 15, 22, 29Time:10:00 am – 12:00 pm Eastern TimeCost:We ask that instead of a fee for participation you make a donation of an amount that fits your financial situation. This four-session course will look at the major themes of the...
The Mahayana Vision and its Indian Schools

The Mahayana Vision and its Indian Schools

Course Dates:March 27 and 28Time:10 am to 12:30 pm Eastern TimeCost:Sangha $50, Others $100 A two-day workshop on the major themes, figures, and literature of Mahayana Buddhism, the Prajna Paramita Psalms to Groundlessness, the Madhyamika School of Nagarjuna, and the...
Everyday Tenzo

Everyday Tenzo

Course Dates: February 20, 27, March 6, 13 Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am Eastern Time Cost: Sangha $50, Others $100 This four-week course will provide an opportunity to roll up your sleeves and get to the work of being the tenzo in the space of our own daily life. ...