Student Stories of Zen

All are welcome to participate in this new program on the first and third Sundays of the month from 7–8pm. GBZC is a community recovering from abuses of power and ethical misconduct by multiple teachers over the past decade. Newcomers to our community may have experienced similar problems in other settings. To foster healing and repair, as individuals and as a community, we have put together a forum for listening and sharing. Students will be invited to reflect on their history with Zen and their relationship to teachers, and we will engage each other in the cultivation of wisdom as practitioners of the Way. All are welcome to attend in their role as lifelong students of the dharma.

Each week, we will begin with a brief sit & liturgy, a student will offer a 20-minute talk, and a 15 minute dialogue will then ensue. We’ll end with a brief closing and The Four Bodhisattva Vows. Full Zoom information here.

This program is facilitated by the Rebeccas—Rebecca Doverspike & Rebecca Behizadeh.

Some prompts:
What motivated you to seek a teacher? What has your experience of studying and practicing Zen been like with teachers? What do you see as the role of a Zen teacher? What moments of great doubt or great faith have you experienced with teachers? Where are you with that in your practice now? What community vision do you have moving forward?