This year’s Urban Sesshin will explore the question “Who Am I?” by offering understandings not just from meditation and philosophy, but from what science now teaches us about our bodies, our world, our universe. We will have three afternoons at the Museum of Natural History to explore how it is both Buddhism and Science that now teaches:
Each day will include short didactic teachings in the morning (including guided meditations during selected zazen periods) by our Shuso, Dr. Neil Soten Theise. These exercises will provide background and context for the afternoons’ explorations of the city (day 1) and of the American Museum of Natural History (days 2 and 3). Topics to be explored include how each one of us is:
These presentations will be accessible to everyone from the most science averse to the most hardcore science nerds, with levels of detail and study for everyone. The goal is not to learn facts, but to use selected facts and concepts to explode our sense of our isolated, separate selves and to actually feel what is meant by the One Body, impermanence, interdependence, emptiness, karma.
These presentations will be accessible to everyone from the most science averse to the most hardcore science nerds, with levels of detail and study for everyone. The goal is not to learn facts, but to use selected facts and concepts to explode our sense of our isolated, separate selves and to actually feel what is meant by impermanence, interdependence, emptiness, karma.
Daily Morning Schedule:
8:00 Verse of the Kesa, stand and stretch
9:20 Silent break
9:35 Presentation by Shuso
11:45 Bag Lunch
12:30 Clean Up
Afternoon Schedule Day 1:
12:45 Receive walking maps and instructions for kinhin through the city, ultimate destination: the High Line. Make sure you have comfortable walking shoes. (For people unable to participate in extending walking, there will be selected meeting points at set times, accessible by taxi or public transportation).
4:30 Open Sozan on the Highline.
(Note: If weather is not suitable for an outdoor activity, appropriate and comfortable substitution wiol be made).
Afternoon Schedule Days 2,3:
12:45 Travel to museum (silent walk to subway)
1:30 Arrive at museum, brief orientation on steps
1:45 Explore the day"s theme (including movie, on day 3, in the planetarium)
5:00 Zazen and council (silent walk to location dependent on weather: Summit rock, in central park http://www.centralparknyc.org/site/PageServer?pagename=virtualpark_thegreatlawn_summitrock; if weather not permitting somewhere inside – looking into possibilities inside the museum – or we return to zendo)
Daily Evening Schedule:
8:20 Chanting, 3 Bows
8:45 Open sitting…
(Note: Thursday evening will have a dharma talk by a teacher or senior student)
Lunches will be vegetarian (gluten free and vegan options available, if pre-ordered), prepared from locally sourced, seasonally appropriate ingredients by Mark Owen, the Urban Food Guy (urbanfoodguy.blogspot.com); cost of these lunches included in cost of the program.
Group rate for all 3 days:
Group rate for all 3 days plus Zazenkai on 3/27 and Shuso Hossen on 3/28:
NOTES REGARDING ADMISSION TO THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY: