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Event Series Event Series: Dharma Seminar: December 2022

Dharma Seminar: December

December 21, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PST

Hybrid Hybrid Event

The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi

In December, Dharma Seminar continues meeting 5:00 – 7:00 pm (PT)  both face-to-face at the Community Congregational Church in Tiburon and on Zoom.

We will continue studying Cultivating the Empty Field: The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi, translated by Taigen Dan Leighton and Yi Wu.

Hongzhi was an important Song Dynasty Zen Master who is credited with first articulating the practice of ‘just sitting,’ which is Dogen’s practice, and ours. His writing are suggestive, poetic, and beautiful.

We meet December 7, 14, and 21. Our December 14 meeting will be a special online-only gathering for poetry readings by Norman and John High. On December  28 and Jan 4 we will take a break for the winter holidays.

Here is the schedule:

Dec 7: James Flaherty
Dec 14: Online (only): POETRY NIGHT! Readings by Norman & John High
Dec 21: Jaune Evans
Dec 28 & Jan 4: Winter Recess

To Attend In Person

Registration is no longer required to attend in person.

However, all in-person attendees are expected to review and follow our current Covid protocol. 

> Current Covid protocol

For Zoom Access, Event Details & Reminder Emails

Register here to receive:
— Zoom login information
— Reminder email each week 24 hours before event begins


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About Dharma Seminar

The evening begins with a period of zazen followed by lecture and small and large group discussion. The topic of seminar typically centers on a classical text, sometimes with additional readings, and changes every month, for the most part. The emphasis is always on the application of the teachings to our daily lives. Students are asked to attend all meetings in a given month, if possible.

Attending at the Community Congregational Church in Tiburon

Please arrive early with time to settle in. Chairs are provided. If you prefer to sit on a zafu, please bring your own.

Attending on Zoom

Once you have registered (see above), you will be sent a confirmation and also a reminder email with the Zoom login information each week 24 hours before the event begins. When a new month or topic begins, you will need to register again to receive the reminder emails. 


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In Person Participants

Suggested donation for in-person seminar: $100 for the monthly series ($25 per session)

Zoom Participants

Suggested donation for seminar on Zoom: $40 each month ($10 per session) or whatever you are comfortable contributing.

Your donations make the seminars possible. Please give what you can: We cannot continue offering online teachings without it. Everyone is welcome and no one will ever be turned away for lack of funds.

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December 21, 2022
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Jane Flint & Neal Shorstein, Registrars


Community Congregational Church in Tiburon
145 Rock Hill Rd
Tiburon, CA 94920 United States
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