A brief bio:
Tom Zenho Whalen Sensei (teacher) received his BA from Amherst College in 1971 and began both Zen and acupuncture practice the same year. After residency training in Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology at U Mass Medical Center and Medical Center Hospital in Vermont, he was Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology. His private practice since 1997 has been devoted to pain medicine. Tom started practicing Zen with Roshi Jitsudo Ancheta the same year, and has been a Dream Work practitioner since 1991. As well as being certified in medical hypnotherapy (1992) and as a BreathWork Healer (2011), he is receiving Dharma Transmission from Roshi Jitsudo Ancheta from 2016.
Whalen Sensei will be joined by Rick Issan Elkin, with both sharing the same lineage:
- Taizan Maezumi Roshi and Bernie Glassman Roshi
- Jitsudo Ancheta Roshi
... a lineage that encompasses Soto, Rinzai, Sanbo Kan and Zen Peacemaker and includes Dharma instruction from Padmasambhava and Yeshe Tsogyal in Dream.
The day sit:
The session will (generally) run from 9:30 - 3:30. The day will start with the creation an altar.
All participants should bring something sacred for the altar - such as a card with an intention and/or a memorial.
The day will continue with zazen (seated meditation), teisho (a formal talk) arising around "Community, Sanctuary, Love: Sambhogakaya" and sanzen (personal interviews) for those who are interested.
There is no specific donation requested by Whalen Sensei, but, naturally, all donations are both welcome and greatly appreciated. There are no formal meals and so participants should bring a sack lunch. For more info - stop by or call or drop us a note through the Contact page.