Intimate Communication: The Practice of Giving through Creative Expression, with Mn. Hojin Kimmel

Northeast USA  

October 27, 2012
10:00 amto4:00 pm

Zen Center of New York City

When treasure is left just as treasure, treasure becomes giving. You give yourself to yourself and others to others. — Master Dogen

When we’re caught in the knots of our self-clinging, it can be hard to remember how infinitely rich and generous life is. The inexhaustible nourishment available in every situation, every encounter, becomes obscured by our thoughts and ideas about ourselves and the world. How do we make contact with the inherently giving nature of reality?

The creative process offers a powerful gateway to explore the Buddhist teachings on dana, or generosity. Is there an image that can nourish? A touch of color that can heal? Is it possible to offer an intimate line or word that can transform the mind? Can we use creativity as a means to clearly see and relinquish our self-clinging, to quiet the incessant judge of right-and-wrong?

In this retreat, we will explore the inherent generosity present in all things and creatively express it. Just as in zazen, we will take up what is immediately in front of us as a way to deeply investigate: What is giving? With this question guiding us, we will practice letting go of our thoughts, moods, and ideas about the way things should be. In this process, our expression becomes the very reality we’re seeking, instead of the usual narrow means to an end. In this way, it becomes possible to receive the treasure of giving.

About the Instructor: Jody Hojin Kimmel is a Dharma Holder in the Mountains and Rivers Order. She has been in residence at Zen Mountain Monastery since 1991 and is currently the training coordinator. Before entering monastic training, Hojin was a painter and ceramic artist, teaching and working out of her own studio.

Cost: $75 (MRO Students: $65)

For more information, or to register:
Intimate Communication, with Mn. Hojin Kimmel
Zen Center of New York City
500 State Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 875-8229 •