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Course Date:
Sundays, September 11, 18 
9:00 – 11:00 am, Eastern Time
Sangha $50, Others $100

Everything you need to know about Zen is contained in the Heart Sutra.

Roshi Ma is giving a two session workshop on the Heart Sutra. This is a wisdom text in the Prajnaparamita, the perfection of wisdom, tradition embraced by all Zen Schools. It is a powerful condensation of core teachings on human nature, the nature of “reality,” and the path of awakening. This is a chance to look more deeply into a sacred text essential to the Zen tradition and to our practice. 

When chanting the Heart Sutra, is the deeper meaning of the words really in your mind? Everything you need to know about Zen is contained in the Heart Sutra. We will delve into this time-honored sutra, whose wisdom continues to ring true whenever it is read or chanted.

In this class, we will walk through the sutra line by line and come to know its richness that ripens through the years. Our text is a fresh and sometimes tongue-in-cheek humorous approach to exploring the Heart Sutra. The goal of this class is to further our appreciation of this remarkable text. “The radical message of the Heart Sutra, one of Buddhism’s most famous texts, is a sweeping attack on everything we hold most dear: our troubles, the world as we know it, even the teachings of the Buddha himself. Several of the Buddha’s followers are said to have suffered heart attacks and died when they first heard of its assertion of the basic groundlessness of our existence.”
(from the book, The Heart Attack Sutra)

Book used in this course:

While not required, this book will be used in the course and would be an excellent addition to a Zen library.

The Heart Sutra: The Womb of the Buddhas by Red Pine
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Red Pine,Counterpoint Press, Berkeley, CA.
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ 

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Roshi Ma KC Sato

Roshi Ma Sato, DPT, MBA is a Zen Buddhist teacher and Dharma Successor in the lineage of Taizan Maezumi Roshi, an ordained full Zen priest, and Doctor of Physical Therapy. She is founder of Muhei-an, No Walls Hermitage based out of St. George Utah. She has joined The Zen Garland Order: An International Community for Zen Practice, Education, Healing, and Service, a cooperative alliance of Zen Teachers founded by Roshi Paul Genki Kahn and Roshi Monika Genmitsu Kahn.  

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