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Course Dates:
October 22, 29
November 5, 19

12-2:30pm Central Time (OCTOBER 22 only)

9-11:30am Central Time (Other dates)
Sangha $50, Others $100

Explore the rich, mythopoetic representation of Huayen interdependent dynamics as presented in the X-Men House of X series.  This course will offer an opportunity to look at the non-linear manner in which time is offered in this text, explore existential questions related to the House of X (Zen?) multiverse, and delve into how this sophisticated graphic novel provides a bridge to understand these dynamics in our lives and practice.  Course will involve discussion and outside practice between sessions.

Roshi Paul Kisho Stern

Kisho is a co-founder and Spiritual Director of the Dharma River Community of the Zen Garland Order.  He is a martial arts instructor with the Miao Kong Martial Arts Association of Taiwan, certified to teach Chinese Gong fu, Taiji Quan and Qi Gong. He lives in Winona with Trish Baishin Johnson and their two kiddos. Kisho sees his life focused on developing contexts within which individuals are able to engage in life practices that allow them to connect more completely with themselves, their communities, and their world.

His professional and academic life has focused on developing educational environments for students from a variety of backgrounds, age groups, and content areas. Over the past two and a half decades, he has worked as a classroom instructor, a behavioral specialist and youth counselor, a curriculum designer, a martial arts instructor and an organizational design innovator.

Matthew Yochi Fluharty

Yochi is a writer, curator, and visual artist whose path towards meditation and Buddhism opened up through a love of artists shaped by these practices, including the Chinese T’ang Dynasty poets, numerous jazz musicians, and the translations of Red Pine. His practice with Zen Garland has expanded these interests, and opened deeper spaces in which to make connections between these acts of expression and our shared, everyday life.

Yochi is currently the Executive Director of Art of the Rural and a Curatorial Fellow with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. He lives in Winona, Minnesota, a town located within Dakota homelands along the Mississippi River.

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