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Windhorse Sittings and Programs Update – from April 8

Weekly Programs and Formal Sittings

“If the winter cold doesn’t bite into your bones, how will the plum blossoms
regale you with their piercing fragrance in the spring?”
— one of the old Zen masters

Dubbed the 'Surly Ocelot' by Bret Sachter, this mother and her (misbehaving?) cub are part of a mural on the wall of Asheville's Laughing Seed Restaurant

Dubbed the ‘Surly Ocelot’ by Bret Sachter, this mother and her (misbehaving?) cub are part of a mural on the wall of Asheville’s Laughing Seed Restaurant

>>>WINDHORSE SCHEDULE for APRIL

Formal sittings:
>>This Sunday, April 8, 9:30-11:30am:
9:30am Two rounds of zazen (25′) with posture change
10:20 Kinhin
10:30 Chanting, teisho* (dharma talk), open discussion
11:30 Potluck brunch
*This Sunday’s teisho will be the third and final part of our series on Zen monk Ryökan, with more stories about and poems by this beloved 18thc. Japanese monk, and a side bar on one of his role models, from the Lotus Sutra: ‘Never-Disparaging Bodhisattva.’

>>Monday, April 9: Deadline for applying to Spring Zentensive (April 30-May 5)

>Tuesday, April 10, 7 – 9pm: 2 ½ rounds of zazen with dokusan, chanting

>>Thursday, April 12, 6:30-8:15pm: ‘The hidden role of repressed anger in our lives, relationships and spiritual practice.’ Fourth part of Thursday evening series “Spirituality and the Unconscious” at Jubilee! Community Church. More info>>

>>Sunday, April 15, CANCELED

>Tuesday, April 17,CANCELED

 

>>Thursday, April 19, 6:30-8:15pm: ‘The sense of the Sacred and the Way of the Bodhisattva.’ Fifth and final part of Thursday evening series “Spirituality and the Unconscious” at Jubilee! Community Church. More info>>

>>Sunday, April 22, 9:30-11:30am: Earth Day
9:30am Two rounds of zazen (25′) with posture change
10:20 Kinhin
10:30 Chanting, teisho (dharma talk), open discussion
11:30 Potluck brunch

>Tuesday, April 24, 7 – 9pm: 2 ½ rounds of zazen with dokusan, chanting

>Thursday, April 26, 7-9pm: 2 rounds of zazen w/dokusan; tea and open dharma discussion

>>Sunday, April 29, 9:30-11:30am: Full Moon
9:30am Two rounds of zazen (25′) with posture change
10:20 Kinhin
10:30 Chanting, teisho (dharma talk), open discussion
11:30 Potluck brunch

>>Monday – Saturday, April 30 – May 5: SPRING ZENTENSIVE BEGINS–-Center closed through Monday, May 8.

Next Sunday morning program: May 13


5-Part Series at Jubilee: Spirituality and the Unconscious

Thursday evenings, March 22-April 19.

From March 22 – April 19, 2018 Windhorse Zen Community will offer a 5-part Thursday evening series Spirituality and the Unconscious at Jubilee! Community Church.

Lawson Sachter and Sunya Kjolhede, co-abbots of Windhorse, will guide these sessions, which will include talks, group interaction, and meditation.

Those who pre-register will receive optional readings before each gathering. People are welcome to attend one or more of these evenings.

March 22, 6:30-8:15pm  The unconscious: an overview.”

March 29, 6:30-8:15pm  “The modern epidemic of loneliness.”

April 5, 6:30-8:15pm  “The influence of shame and guilt on Western spirituality.”

April 12, 6:30-8:15pm  “The hidden role of repressed anger in our  lives, relationships and spiritual practice.”

April 19, 6:30-8:15pm  “The Way of the Bodhisattva and the Sense of the Sacred.”

For more information or to register >>

 

 

Zentensive Spring 2018 *April 30 – May 5

Windhorse ZentensiveZentensive Workshop and Retreat offers advanced levels of training for mental health professionals interested in accessing the deeper unconscious patterns of their lives, as well as for Dharma practitioners who have the wish to reach a greater understanding of the unconscious dimensions of dharma practice. Because these retreats specifically combine such significant and complementary levels of both personal and professional work, these 5-day workshops have been approved for 30 CEs of credit (including 2 for ethics) for physicians, psychologists, social workers, and others. More information >>

 

Contemplative Photography Workshop *May 16 – 19

presented by George DeWolfe

This Contemplative Photography Workshop offers a rare opportunity to work with a master photographer in a uniquely beautiful and meditative setting in the Appalachian mountains—the oldest mountains in the world.

More information >>

 


Getting Started at Windhorse Zen Community

Beginning a Zen practice at Windhorse is quite simple: send an email and/or give us a call (contact info below) to schedule a first sitting at the center in Alexander, NC, about a 20-minute drive from downtown Asheville.

We ask everyone, whatever their background in practice, to go through a basic orientation, which generally takes about 45 minutes.

The best time for new people to come ​for this ​is usually on Sunday morning at 8:45, before the 9:30-11:30 program of zazen meditation and dharma talk. If that doesn’t work for you, we can arrange to meet before a Tuesday or Thursday evening sitting, which begins at 7:00 pm. More information >>>