Special Session by Issho Fujita

The Practice of Zen Sitting: realizing and enjoying the harmonized body-breath-mind

The less we do, the deeper we see. That is the core insight of Japanese culture influenced by Zen. Zen sitting is a pure practice of less doing and appreciating the deeper reality. It is not an inner work done by oneself alone but a highly collaborative work between oneself and environment, which is the true nature of living organism. In this presentation, with step-by-step instruction participants will actually try to practice Zen sitting on the floor or on the chair.

Issho Fujita

Issho Fujita

Issho Fujita: Born in Ehime Prefecture, Japan in 1954. He studied developmental/clinical psychology at University of Tokyo. At the age of 28, he left the graduate school to study Zen full time at a Zen monastery. In 1987 he became a resident teacher at Pioneer Valley Zendo in Massachusetts, U. S. A.. During his stay until 2005, he also taught at various colleges and institutions. In 2010 he was assigned to be a Director of Soto Zen Buddhism International Center in San Francisco until 2018. Now he lives in Hayama, Japan as a free-lance Zen teacher who teaches somatic approach to Zen in forms of lectures, workshops and books.

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