As we continue to live amid a pandemic a year later, many of us are feeling restless, tired, stressed, overwhelmed, and are suffering amid grief, loss, and so much more. All the while, many are also searching for practices to ground their life in meaning and connect with themselves and others. The practice and teaching found in Zen Buddhism can provide a gateway to cultivating self-awareness and spiritual growth, while learning how to acknowledge and move through suffering. Zen is life-affirming, earth-affirming, suffering-affirming, and relates to everything with compassion and wisdom. Everything, without exception. In this hour of MIDWEEK, Busshō will offer us an overview and introduction to how meditation (zazen) and chanting are practiced in the Zen Buddhist tradition, with short experientials of both.
Busshō is a Zen priest, teacher, speaker, retreat leader, spiritual director, and an Interfaith Fellow at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN. He serves the Flying Cloud Zen Contemplative Spiritual Practice Community, as well as the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center, Aslan Institute, and the Episcopal House of Prayer. His teaching focuses on contemplative spirituality, 12-Step work, interfaith dialogue, mystical Christianity, and marrying spirituality with both Western and Buddhist psychology. Learn more about Busshō's work at https://flyingcloudzen.org/.