Led By Guiding Teacher Jokai Blackwell
In our practice of meditation sooner or later we will encounter times of real difficulty. Fear, part of our shared human condition, can be a powerfully unpleasant emotion. When we feel threatened it is natural to act on impulse and become defensive. We may find that we fear fear itself and rush to move away from the feeling. Fear, however, is not intrinsically a problem, rather a pointer alerting us to a possible danger. In meditation, sometimes fear arises for no reason we can fathom.
Our practice of meditation and present awareness is an ever deepening expression of intimacy. As we become more intimate with our life just as it is, we are able to approach challenging emotions with acceptance and see them as opportunities for spiritual growth. Fearlessness is not the absence of fear, rather it is the experience of being fully aware of fear and yet not having it dictate our actions. In becoming intimate with fear we shift from a pattern of reactivity to face our difficulties head on with confidence and faith in ourselves.
In this workshop we will be alternating periods of seated meditation with ample time for reflection and group discussion. In delving deeper into our meditation practice, we support one another as we look at our challenges with the clear eye of realization. Please join us as we continue to take a good look at how we practice meditation when meditation practice is difficult.
The goal of the “Awake in the World” program is to learn to wholeheartedly experience the challenge and beauty of everyday life through the art of meditation.
This workshop is suitable for meditators of all levels
Refunds are available up to 24 hours before the course.
Guiding Teacher Jokai Blackwell
Jokai Blackwell Sensei relocated to Southern California from the UK in 2000 to study with Charles Tenshin Fletcher Roshi at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center. After completing formal study, encompassing over a decade of residential training and service, he received Dharma Transmission (full authorization to teach) in the White Plum Lineage of Zen Buddhism. Jokai emphasizes the direct experience of awakening using contemporary language and time-honored methods.