Region: Southwest USA


Social Resilience Model (SRM), Level II

October 24, 2014toOctober 26, 2014

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With Laurie Leitch, PhD, and Loree Sutton, MD

Open only to those who have completed SRM Level 1. Read More »

Fall Practice Period: Cultivating the Boundless Field

October 31, 2014toNovember 9, 2014

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Shinzan Palma and Joshin Brian Byrnes lead this special time for deep practice in community. Read More »

Zazenkai Weekend

October 31, 2014toNovember 2, 2014

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Led by Shinzan Palma and Joshin Brian Byrnes, this meditation retreat provides the experience of deep periods of uninterrupted meditation. There will be sitting and walking meditation throughout the day, one hour of work practice, three informal meals, and a dharma talk by the teacher. Read More »

A Footprint of the Buddha: Samatha/concentration retreat

November 1, 2014toNovember 18, 2014

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With Marcia Rose and Nikki Mirghafori

The Mountain Hermitage is taking applications from experienced practitioners for this two-week samatha/concentration retreat. Read More »

Sesshin: Silent Illumination

November 4, 2014toNovember 9, 2014

Zazen in Upayas Circle of the Way Temple (112x150)Upaya Zen Center

Silent Illumination Sesshin, led by Sinzan Palma and Joshin Brian Byrnes,  gives participants the opportunity to practice long and frequent periods of silent meditation. We round out our exploration of silent illumination with the writings of Hongzhui, the Chinese master of “Cultivating the Empty Field,” and inspiration of Japanese Read More »

True Secret: Sit, Walk, Write

November 12, 2014toNovember 16, 2014

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Natalie Goldberg and Wendy Johnson lead this retreat, which offers the opportunity to develop the active mind of writing with the contemplative atmosphere of silence, sitting, and walking. It is designed to place you solidly in your own experience, to develop a strong writing spine at the same time as to open a fresh Read More »

Walk to Feed the Hungry: Houston, TX

November 22, 2014

Close to a billion people worldwide face hunger as a fact of daily life. Hunger and related illnesses claim some ten million lives each year, half of them children. The increasingly serious effects of climate change are making it ever harder Read More »

The Ease and Joy of Mornings

November 23, 2014
9:30 amto12:30 pm

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Upaya offers (by donation only) a half-day of meditation practice led by Shinzan Palma, Upaya’s Head Priest and Dharma Holder: dwelling, contemplating and relaxing into silence. Read More »

The Ease and Joy of Mornings

December 14, 2014
9:30 amto12:30 pm

SnowCircle_jpg-sized (150x113)Upaya Zen Center

Upaya offers (by donation only) a half-day of meditation practice led by Shinzan Palma, Upaya’s Head Priest and Dharma Holder: dwelling, contemplating and relaxing into silence. Read More »

Winter Practice Period: The Way of Zen

January 7, 2015toJanuary 28, 2015

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A Practice Period is a time when the stream of practice, study, training, and samu is steady and concentrated at Upaya. This includes four periods of zazen each day, Read More »

The Way of Zen: Week 1

January 7, 2015toJanuary 11, 2015

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With Sensei Irène Kaigetsu Kyojo Bakker and Shinzan Palma, Dharma Holder

This first week of the Winter Practice Period begins with an opening ceremony, orientation, and introduction. The daily schedule Read More »

Zazenkai: A day-long silent meditation retreat

January 10, 2015

Zazen in Upayas Circle of the Way Temple (112x150)Upaya Zen Center

This silent meditation retreat, led by Sensei Irène Kaigetsu Kyojo Bakker and Shinzan Palma, Upaya’s Head Priest, provides the experience of deep periods of uninterrupted meditation. It includes sitting and walking meditation throughout the day, one hour of work practice, three informal meals, and a dharma talk by the teacher. Read More »

The Way of Zen: Week 2

January 14, 2015toJanuary 18, 2015

stone path (112x150)Upaya Zen Center

With Sensei Irène Kaigetsu Kyojo Bakker and Shinzan Palma 

During this week of the Winter Practice Period, the daily schedule consists of Zazen, Samu work practice, afternoon classes, study, zendo etiquette, and interviews with teachers. Saturday will be a Read More »