Qigong Exercise 101 and Meditation
Bo Kwang Meditation Centre runs Zazen (Zen meditation) classes for people from all walks of life. Whether you are new to Zen practice, or have had some prior experience, please feel free to join in. Please note that we start with Qigong Exercise which is followed with a short Zazen Meditation session. Regardless of what may bring you to Zen, Zazen is itself a practice of letting go - and thus opening to something deeper. While there is now an extensive body of research that regular meditation practice will reliably create significant stress relief and many other health benefits, the real benefits are far beyond this (as you can come to find out).
The practice of Zazen is extremely simple and straight forward: One of the keys to Zazen is mastering not getting caught up in, entangling with, assessing, comparing, or trying to change what is mentally unfolding in the NOW.
Through Zazen, insight arises. Zazen is not about imposing calmness, stillness, or any special state of mind. It simply involves being aware moment by moment which sets the ground from which calmness and peace of mind eventually develop as natural side-effects. Initially this approach can seem similar to "mindfulness", except that with Zazen there is ultimately no object of awareness. Zazen relies on regularity and habit and it certainly is no performance, contest, or forced activity. To sit Zazen is really as simple as choosing to do so. If you choose to do so, there is no question that you will be capable of it. So the real issue is not whether or not you will "succeed", but whether or not you may be willing to start.
Just sitting is to be one with your present experience. Being one with your present experience is to become one with yourself - to re-harmonize and unentangle as we walk the path. And truly being one with yourself is actually to start the unbinding process. Whatever benefits that may come from Zen practice, they will come not from trying to control or force change, but from being wholeheartedly present and letting go.
All Are Invited to this Open Meditation & Qigong Class. If you ever wanted to learn meditation or practice with a group, this class is for you. If you have past difficulties in meditation or questions, there is time after to address these. This Free Class (donations welcome) is open to all. When attending, you can also find out about our many other classes, retreats and training programs offered here.
Come learn Qigong (101) and learn to meditate. No experience is needed. All are welcome. You don't need to bring anything but yourself. Class starts at 6:00 p.m. sharp and goes until 7:15 p.m.
It's a warm and friendly environment and we'd love to have you join us!