On Saturday, OCTOBER 5th, the Open Sky Sangha will host a DAY SIT from 9:30AM-3:30PM. The day will include a Dharma talk, sitting and walking zazen, and interviews with Senior Dharma Teacher Tony Sager. A $25-$40 donation requested. More information about the group follows:
THE ALBUQUERQUE OPEN SKY SANGHA is affiliated with the Kwan Um School of Zen, an international Zen sangha that originates from the Korean Zen tradition. It meets every evening at the Albuquerque Zen Center from 6-7:20 PM.
The purpose of the group is to practice together and to share and explore the dharma. While some of the core teachings and practice approaches of the Kwan Um School of Zen certainly are shared and emphasized, ultimately this group is not so much about a particular school or lineage of Zen as it is about the Dharma at large. Tony Sager, a senior Dharma teacher of the Kwan Um School of Zen, is the group leader. He attends the group every other week. The weeks he is present, typically include periods of sitting and walking meditation. Tony also gives a brief talk on some aspect of the Dharma followed by a time for questions/answers and sharing.
One of Tony’s focuses is to help people establish a daily practice that they can comfortably incorporate into their daily lives. Tony stresses both the formal practice as well as the informal practices (how to have a moment-to-moment mind, to really be present and aware, during the course of all one’s everyday life activities and situations). He strives to connect practicing accessible to each person and their current life challenges and circumstances. Eventually, meditation becomes organic and part of the fabric of everyday life.
Tony is always open to giving meditation instruction for beginners and experienced practitioners who seek guidance. The weeks Tony is not present, Paul Sonia leads the meditation periods.
Participants are encouraged to give dhanna (a donation). $5 is suggested but any amount that one is able to give will be appreciated. No one is turned away if they are unable to give something.