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News: Two online courses on 'Buddhist Art and Pratice' and 'Chan Taste' (non-IST)

On behalf of Sr Jinho, you are invited to join the following Buddhist courses and Chan group practice:

A. 'Taste of Chan: Principles & Methods' 
By Gilbert Gutierrezone of five lay Dharma heirs of Master Shengyen.
The course starts on Wednesday at 5-7:30 pm UK time on the 24th March until 28th April. 
(8-10:30 Russian, 5-7:30 pm U.K, 1-3pm EST, 10-12:30 pm PST) 
 
Gilbert teaches Chan (Zen) Buddhism in California, and he will introduce us to the most basic concepts in the Chan Buddhist practice as well as sharing Mind Work, a technique for 'perceiving' the world through one's mind. The emphasis of this technique is an inward turn of the Mind's eye. The perspective moves away from the perception of the five senses and uses the Mind's own perception to discern what is arising within it. So rather than trying to gain enlightenment then one's practice is focussed on realizing that just this Mind is the Buddha Mind. 
 
Program:
  • 5:00-6:00 Greetings/Group Meditation practice (week 1)
  • 6:00-7:00 Dharma talk by Gilbert (Week 2-6 Dharma talk from 6-7 pm due to clock change)
  • 7:00-7:15 Q&A
  • 7:15-7:30 Group Meditation practice 
Please use this link for this Chan Taste Course:
 
B. Professor An-Yi, Pan course on 'Buddhist Art and practice' 2nd April -30th April
 
  • 4/2 Encountering Dharma
  • 4/9 Painting Faith: Introduction to a 11th-12th Century Buddhist Scholar
  • 4/16 Guanyin, Avalokitesvara, and Chan
  • 4/23 Contemporary Buddhist Art 1
  • 4/30 Contemporary Buddhist Art 2

Professor An-yi Pan is the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of the History of Art at Cornell University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, where he focused on the intersection between literati (scholar-officials) and Chan in the Northern Song period (960-1125). He also works on modern and contemporary Chinese and Taiwanese art, with a particular interest in artists specializing in Buddhist art. An-yi Pan is also a Chan practitioner who follows the Dharma Drum Mountain lineage of Chinese Chan. As an artist, An-yi Pan creates ceramic sculptures and tea wares as a hobby.      

  • 7:00-8:00 pm Pali Chanting+Silent group meditation led by volunteers at the Sunyata retreat centre 
  • 8:00-8:30 pm Self-Care+Greeting Practice
  • 8:30-9:00 pm Talk by Pro. An-Yi Pan 
  • 9:00-9:30 pm Q&A, short meditation, closing. 
Please use this link for Buddhist Art & practice Course: 

Please contact us if you have any question.

With metta,

The IST Team

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