All-Day Zazenkai with guest teacher Roshi Lou Mitsunen Nordstrum

July 22, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
2601 St Andrews Blvd
Boca Raton, FL 33434

All-Day Zazenkai with Roshi Lou Mitsunen Nordstrum.   The theme of his dharma talk will be “Doing Zazen Unselfconsciously.”

Roshi Lou Mitsunen Nordstrum began Zen practice in the 1960’s. In the 1970’s , Lou studied with Rinzai Master Eido Shimano Roshi. Lou ordained as a Soto Zen priest in the 1980’s. Later he met and worked with Bernie Tetsugen Glassman Roshi, successor to Taizan Maezumi Roshi. Lou received transmission from Roshi Glassman in 1998. Since then, Lou has guided retreats New York, California, and Florida, while working as an adjunct or visiting professor at several institutions. He has published many articles on Zen and comparative-philosophical themes. He lives in Lakeland, Florida, and is guiding teacher for Lakeland Zen Center and Brevard Zen Center.

Our program includes an opportunity for a private interview with Roshi, a delicious vegetarian lunch, and a day of solid sitting practice. In order to cover our expenses to bring this to you, we suggest a donation of $40. Dana for the teacher is extra and much appreciated.

This is an all-day program, and your advance registration is necessary in order for us to plan our food service and seating arrangement. Please R.S.V.P. to Jishin ( by Wednesday, June 19 at noon. Please let Jishin know if you prefer to meditate using a chair or a zafu and zabuton. If you are new to Zen practice, Jishin or Zochi are available to meet with you during the day to answer your questions about our forms and lineage in the White Plum tradition.

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Today we have the technological "IndraNet." It offers seemingly endless resources for the sharing of written and graphic teachings. This blog is one such nodule in the vast net.

However, the blog is in no way intended to replace Menju, our being together as a group or individually with a teacher. This blog is a service only. Its intention is to use the form, like the banks of a river, to direct or awaken the flow of ancient and contemporary wisdom for ourselves and the world we are part of.

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