Lay Practice: Barriers and Gateways, with Dharma Holder Ron Hogen Green

Northeast USA  

February 1, 2014
10:00 amto4:00 pm

Zen Center of New York City

This life, this body, and this mind are what we have to awaken. How do we use who we are and how we are to help us practice? Only by acknowledging our barriers and stopping points can we find our authentic life.

True practice starts with our most painful places. What’s beneath our fear? If we can make our barriers visible, can they become gateways into practice? Are we willing to open these doors? What do we really want? How does formal practice clarify our life in the world, and how does our practice in the world work in conjunction with our formal practice?

In this retreat, we will explore ways to use our barriers to help us practice, both with the sangha and in our day-to-day lives. We will look at the way our barriers are necessary for finding compassion and how that compassion helps us navigate all our relationships: intimate, work, and casual.

We will investigate the relationship between zazen and barriers and discuss ways to use our teacher, the sangha, and the teachings to help us practice in every aspect of our lives.

About the Instructor: Ron Hogen Green, MRO, has been engaged in formal Zen practice since 1978, and was in residential training at the Monastery for twelve years. In 2007 Hogen returned to lay life. He currently lives with his family in Pennsylvania, where he works as a pharmacist.

Cost: $75 (MRO Students: $65)

For more information, or to register:
Lay Practice, with Ron Hogen Green
Zen Center of New York City
500 State Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 875-8229 •