Cutting Through Our Illusions
Weekend Retreat with Kathie Fischer
7-9pm Friday evening
8:30am – 4:30pm Saturday
8:30am – 1:30pm Sunday
“So you should view this fleeting world—
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream,
A flash of lightening in a summer cloud,
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.”
– The Diamond Sutra
The Diamond Sutra, (Vajracchedika – diamond cutter) Prajna Paramita Sutra, is one of the oldest documents of the Perfection of Wisdom teachings. The central theme is sunyata, the doctrine of emptiness, and is said to, “cut like a blade through worldly illusion.” Originally written in Sanskrit in the first or second century CE, it was translated to Chinese in 401CE, and became foundational for all Zen Buddhist schools in China, Korea and Japan.
Sokaku Kathie Fischer will lead this weekend retreat Friday, November 1 – Sunday, November 3. Friday night is open to the public. During this time, we will read the sutra for its beautiful language, grapple with the teaching of emptiness, and come to understand why this teaching has been so vital to Buddhist practitioners for nearly 2000 years. There will be periods of sitting and walking meditation, teachings on the text and dialogue. Texts will be available for purchase.
This retreat is sponsored by the Bozeman Zen Group. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Kathie Fischer
Sokaku Kathie Fischer is a long time Zen practitioner and teacher. She began her practice in Berkeley California and spent many years at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and Green Gulch Farm. A science enthusiast, Kathie taught middle school science for more than 20 years, is an avid diver, and loves to watch the shifting sky. She has become a regular guest teacher at Upaya Zen Center. Kathie’s passion for stories as a teaching vehicle make Zen practice accessible, warm and engaging. She enjoys seeing students gain a sense of belonging to a very old conversation, continuous lineage and lively practice for the modern world.
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