Daihonzan Chozen-ji International Zen Dojo--On September 6 - 7, 2014, in Seattle, Washington, a special 2-day seminar on Zen will be presented by Taiken Yokoyama Roshi, the 85th generation Zen Master of Rinzai Zen and Shike of Daihonzan Chozen-ji (www.chozen-ji.org):
A person comes to Zen when he seriously reflects over questions like: What is a human being? What is the meaning of life? Who am I? Under favorable conditions, one’s concerns are ordinarily circumscribed to his limited personality and body. Then at some point, whether in facing irreconcilable loss or in pursuits for the beyond of the box, one may encounter Immovable Wisdom of the Ways, the Mind of the most dynamic and creative state of being experienced as profound tranquility.
Searching for outside the box, the innovative venturer first addresses attachments that trap the mind and shrink the field of experience. Plunged thoroughly, he becomes the mind fully aware moment to moment, in all sensations and meanings in every situation. At this level, thinking, acting and feeling are one, operating at the highest of insight transcending the dichotomy of conscious and unconscious, of insides and outsides. The sage of technology and the marketplace is now absolutely present in perfect command of the moment and in the attitude of mind which is called for at any point, free to be any forms through the formless.
Saturday, September 6th at Seattle Public Library
Washington Mutual Foundation Room 1, Level 4, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104
Zen & Business, 1 - 2:45 p.m.: Modern business has evolved into something very dynamic. How can we cope with the stress that we encounter every day? How can we develop a flexible mind and think outside the box?
Zen & Technology, 3 - 4:45 p.m.: The advancement of technology gives us access to a virtual world of fantasy that we can immerse ourselves and get lost in. What lessons can we garner from this world of fantasy? How can we use this technology to our advantage?
Sunday, September 7th at Cherry Hill Campus, Swedish Hospital
Layton Conference Room, 500-17th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
Meaning of Life, 10 a.m. - 12 noon: When we speak of “meaning of life,” the image that comes to our mind is that of a person climbing the face of an inaccessible mountain to seek the answer from a hermit sage. If we thoroughly understand what life is, we don’t have to travel to the remote corners of the world in search of the answer that we already possess.
Bunko Wong Roshi