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March Zen Workshop seats open

HANAPEPE — Organizers, including Gerald Hirata of the Kaua‘i Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji in Hanapepe, said there are just a limited number of seats available for a workshop set for Sunday, March 27 that connects Zen to one’s daily life, and life for the future.

The workshop will be held at the temple from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a suggested donation of $25 that includes lunch. Advance reservations can be made by calling 808-346-4650 to ensure a seat in the Zen workshop that will be led by the Rev. Hirosato Yoshida of the temple, and special guest minister the Rev. Tom Daitsu Wright.

“Hey! Buddha You?” is the morning session, conducted by Wright. It is a presentation on Zazen and daily life while focusing on the sitting practice of Zazen and how it can be incorporated into lives and help navigate through difficulties, Hirata said.

Following the lunch break, Yoshida will present a Dharma talk on Zen and Ocean. He will connect Buddhism and Zen in helping this world heal, and why people should be mindful of conserving and sustaining oceans, seas and marine resources.

“In Hawai‘i, we are surrounded by the ocean,” workshop organizers said. “Protecting life below the sea is as important as protecting life above. In 2012, United Nations set 17 sustainable development goals to protect the future of the planet. No. 14 of the SDG is dedicated to life below the sea — How can we be more mindful of conserving and sustaining oceans, seas and marine resources.”

The afternoon session also includes Mindful Practice or a beach cleanup, as well as time for reflection and discussion.

“What is most important as a human being is being compassionate and caring for all things,” the organizing group said. “Being mindful of the environment we live in is as important as knowing who we are. Living in Hawai‘i, we need to care and understand more than ever, and connect ourselves with what is happening around us.”

Guest minister Wright was a novice priest under the Rev. Uchiyama Kosho Roshi in 1974 and received transmission as a senior priest in 1997. Uchiyama’s “Opening the Hand of Thought” is a classical introduction to Zen and Zen meditation explained in a clear and accessible manner. Wright and two other individuals translated and edited that book.

“Understanding Buddhism and Zen can go a long way in helping this world heal,” the workshop organizers said.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.
Source: The Garden Island

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