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Ease and Joy of Mornings

June 1 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Ease and Joy is a quiet morning designed to introduce you to the art of zazen, which is the word we use for Zen meditation. It is an ideal entryway for beginners, intermediate or long-time meditators who want a refresher course on this “dharma gate of joy and ease” as described by Zen Master, Dogen-Zenji. In addition to an introduction of some basic zendo forms and etiquette as they are practiced here at Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community, you learn how to establish and maintain a comfortable sitting posture, how to focus on your breath, and how to engage in walking meditation. There is ample time for questions and answers at the close of the morning. Please remember to bring your questions!
Please wear loose, dark clothing that is comfortable for sitting.

Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community is pleased to offer this half-day of meditation practice for the community. The schedule is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Those interested in additional contemplative practice can also come earlier and join us at 7:00 a.m. for sitting, service and breakfast at 8:00 a.m. with the community.

Please register to join us and specify whether you will be starting at 7:00 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. To register fill out this form.

On June 1st (be aware change of dates), we are happy to have Sensei Shinzan Palma for this Ease and Joy of Mornings. Together with our guiding teacher Sensei Joshin Byrnes, Shinzan will lead this morning

The topic of this morning is Right Livelihood.



Sensei José Shinzan Palma

Sensei Shinzan was born in Veracruz, Mexico, He is an ordained Zen
priest and Dharma successor of Joan Jiko Halifax, roshi. In 1996 in
Mexico City, he met Korean Zen teacher, Ven. Samu Sunim and trained in
the Buddhist Maitreya Seminar while living in the Toronto Zen Buddhist
Temple until 2005. He was ordained as a Zen Buddhist priest by Ven.
Samu Sunim in 2004 .

Shinzan arrived at Upaya Zen Center in 2006 where he lived and trained
for over 8 years as a resident and student of Joan Halifax, roshi. He
received Dharma transmission from Joan Halifax, roshi in Jan 2015
before relocating to San Diego, CA..

He is the founder of the 4 vows Sangha in San Diego ,CA. co-teaches
teen retreats in the US for IBME , and is a guest teacher at  Upaya
Zen Center in New Mexico, Einin-ji in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, and High
Meadow Farm, New Hampshire.

His vision is to continue to mentor and teach young men and women and
to create a Zen Hispanic community in the USA and Mexico.

Other dates for the Ease and Joy of Mornings:
September 8
December 8 (Rohatsu sit instead of Ease and Joy of Mornings)


June 1
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Bread Loaf Mountain Monastery
3958 Route 30
Cornwall, VT 05753 United States
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