June 18, 2013

Sept. 7-8: A Zen Approach to Body Therapy

This weekend training at Daiyuzenji in Chicago is the introduction to Zentherapy®, a style of bodywork closely connected to our Zen lineage, and the first in a series of seminars certifying practitioners of this powerful discipline.

Anyone interested in learning to release tension, toxins and energetic blockages - helping themselves and others to realize the natural form of the body - is encouraged to attend.

Full information here.

Note that this course is a prerequisite for further training and certification in Zentherapy®, including the Zen Triggerpoint Anatomy® trainings which will be offered in Chicago January - April, 2014.

Jukai lecture dates

Attention Jukai candidates:  the first required lecture, given at our recent zazenkai in Chicago, is now posted on the RZC site member resources page.  Please access it with your member password.

The next lecture will be held Tuesday, July 2nd at Daiyuzenji following our regular zazen which begins at 7pm:  the subject is the Five Lay Precepts.  The third lecture, on the Four Great Vows, will be given during our August sesshin.  All of this will also be posted for those unable to attend lecture days.

The actual ceremonies will be held at times confirmed between each candidate and his/her direct teacher.  Please speak to your teacher about this.  One of the times we are planning to use for this purpose is the dedication ceremony at Korinji this fall, TBA.

June 22-23: Korinji this weekend

If you'd like to come do zazen, work and sit around the campfire with us, please RSVP to info@korinji.org.

June 5, 2013

June 9: Hojo seminar this weekend

A seminar teaching the Hojo kata, led by So'zan Roshi, will be offered this weekend at Daiyuzenji in Chicago.  More information here.

From the RZC website:

Hojo Kata are four sword forms created in the middle of the Muromachi period (1333 - 1573) as part of the Jikishinkage school of Japanese swordmanship. However, these forms - carrying the energies of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter - are not practiced by us for the sake of learning swordsmanship, but rather as a powerful method for imparting principles of posture, energy and center. As stated within the Jikishinkage school, the purpose of the Hojo is to remove all bad habits and addictions acquired since birth and to restore the original pure and bright permanent body. A Buddhist way of saying this would be that such practices cut through the student's jikke ("habit energy"), or karmic obstructions.

It was Omori Sogen Roshi who integrated these forms into our training. They are practiced with great intensity using the dynamic A-Un method of breathing.