Just Sitting, Clear Seeing: the Meeting of Zen and Insight; Friday Evenings, March 5-April 2

Just Sitting, Clear Seeing: the Meeting of Zen and Insight; Friday Evenings, March 5-April 2

Taught by Max Erdstein
5 Fridays, 8-8:45pm
March 5 –  April 2
Zoom link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86212476096
The Zen practice of “just sitting” is the willingness to experience our life exactly as it is, moment to moment, unlimited by ideas about where we’re going and how we’re doing. The Early Buddhist practice of insight meditation is the clear, kind awareness of each moment, with ever more understanding of the movements of the mind and heart that bring suffering and those that bring release from that suffering.  How might these two approaches to dharma practice illuminate and complement each other?  How might they meet within us?
Through stillness, silence, stories, and ideas, this five-week series will explore topics in Zen and Insight with the aim of nourishing our enthusiasm for practice and our appreciation for the beauty, mystery, and depth that is already here. Each session will include a lightly guided meditation, a brief teaching, and time for conversation.  All are welcome.
Max Erdstein teaches at the Insight Meditation Center and the Insight Retreat Center. He is trained as a teacher by Gil Fronsdal. Max has practiced Vipassana and Zen in America, Japan, Thailand, and Burma. He completed the Spirit Rock/IMS Dharma teacher training program and trained in Buddhist chaplaincy with the Sati Center.  Max holds an AB degree from Stanford and worked at Google for five years. In 2020, he received Dharma Entrustment as a Zen teacher from Sojun Mel Weitsman.