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Anxiety and Equanimity: Allowing the Heart to Open


Fri 2 Feb 2018, 7:00pm–9:00pm

Where: St Andrews on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Suzannah

Life is full of obvious and subtle forms of anxiety. We tend to consider these feelings as the opposite of equanimity... and then try to avoid our discomfort.

In this evening talk, Zen teacher Hogen Sensei suggests the possibility of a fresh perspective on our suffering through the willingness to experience all mental states with an open heart. Letting go of our avoidance of anxiety, we discover that equanimity co-exists with the complete spectrum of our feelings.

This is the realisation of countless spiritual practitioners. Hogen Sensei’s talk is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners, and includes time for questions and discussion.

Entry by donation/koha.

Hogen Sensei has been engaged in formal Zen practice with the Mountains and Rivers Order since 1978, and was in residential training at Zen Mountain Monastery (USA) for 12 years as a lay student and senior monastic.

He currently divides his time between living with his family in Pennsylvania on a farm and as an assistant Zen teacher at the Zen Center of New York City. He received dharma transmission in 2016.

The order maintains regular contact with its New Zealand Sangha since the first visit by Abbot John Daido Loori thirty years ago. Hogen Sensei himself has visited New Zealand three times to lead a series of talks, workshops and retreats.

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