Our seminar topic, from February 1 through the end of the Practice Period on April 8, will be the Śūraṅgama Sutra.
Seminars will be led by Norman and Shuso Neal Shorestein. Neal will give his first seminar talk on February 22 and his second talk on March 15.
The primary translation that will be used is The Surangama Sutra – With Excerpts from the Commentary by the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua (New edition) available for purchase from the Buddhist Text Translation Society. It is also available as a free PDF from grandsutras.org.
For a more accessible and contemporary entry into the text, Norman recommends That Is Not Your Mind! Zen Reflections on the Surangama Sutra by Zen Teacher and neuropsychologist Robert Rosenbaum, with forward by Norman.
The text will be studied and practiced as a springboard to contemplating its direct relevance to everyday practice.
We’ll continue meeting 5:00 – 7:00 pm (PT) both face-to-face at the Community Congregational Church in Tiburon and on Zoom.