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Zen Buddhist Meditation with Thomas Bruner

  • The SoL Center at University Presbyterian Church 300 Bushnell Ave. San Antonio United States (map)

Schedule: Tuesday, Oct. 8; 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $15 before Oct. 1, $20 after

Enrollment: 10 min./30 max.

While there are many ways to meditate, Zen Buddhists follow instruction written in 1227 C.E. by Eihei Dogen, a renowned Japanese Buddhist priest, poet, and philosopher. Come learn the fundamental principles of Zen meditation, and the 800-year old techniques still practiced today. We will review Dogen’s famous writing, discuss Zen’s unique approach to meditation, and practice Zen meditation.

This workshop will be divided into 4 parts:

 A review of Fukanzazengi, Eihei Dogen's writing that explains how to do sitting meditation. (Fukanzazengi translates as “Universally Recommended Instructions for Zazen.”)

 A 20-minute seated meditation

 A debrief of the meditation experience

 Any meditation-related comments or Q&A

A San Antonio native, Thomas Bruner has traveled from CEO of a start-up in Texas, to Vice President with the nation’s largest humanitarian organization in Washington, D.C., to consultant helping businesses and organizations do great work in leadership and governance, diversity, equity and inclusion, and financial development through Bruner Strategies. He is a senior lay disciple at Dharma Rain Zen Center in Portland, Oregon – one of the country’s leading Soto Zen Buddhist temples. He became a Buddhist in 2003 and took the late Kyogen Carlson, Sensei, as his teacher in 2006. Bruner spent 2014 living and working at Dharma Rain as a postulant while discerning the possibility of ordaining as a monk.

Register here.