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WHAT

This study group will bring together Zen practitioners curious about tea ceremony and Tea practitioners curious about meditation. You are invited to join us as we deepen our practices together.

WHEN

We will meet approximately every two weeks alternating usually between

Sunday and Wednesday evenings 7:30-8:45pm Eastern.

You are encouraged to join at 7pm for zazen meditation.

Come for as much or all of this period as possible.

UPDATED SCHEDULE

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Sunday, March 28, 7:30-8:45pm
Zen Poetry and Zenga
 

Wednesday, April 14
cancelled
 

Sunday, April 25 - 7:30-9:30pm
Writing Steeped Alongside Tea with Anesce Dremen
 

Wednesday, May 12
cancelled and rescheduled to May 15
 

Saturday, May 15, 10:30am-12pm
An Interactive Introduction to Chanoyu with Stephanie Benefield
 

Sunday, May 23, 7:30-8:45pm
Water + Moon: Connecting Breath and Brush with Ines Sun
 

Wednesday, June 9
cancelled
 

Sunday, June 20, 7:30-8:45pm
Topic TBD

WHY

Zen teachers throughout time have sought creative ways to transmit their teachings to their students directly. Tea has been one of the most well suited methods for this task. Zen practitioners looking to learn about tea beyond being on the receiving end of sarei will benefit from this group.

 

Meditation facilitates the deepening of a Tea practice. Tea practitioners who don't already have a firmly established daily meditation practice will benefit from the support of Zen practitioners in this group.

 

WHAT

Together we can:

  • perform experiments

  • watch movies

  • share readings

  • explore related arts (poetry, calligraphy, ikebana/chabana, pottery, chaxi, etc.)

  • lead exercises

  • discuss our experiences + tell stories

  • and more!

HOW

For now we can begin on Zoom. Down the line we can have outdoor gatherings and eventually indoor gatherings once safe. If the turnout is sizable we will make sure to utilize breakout room features to retain the benefits of meeting intimately. Most folks will likely be based in the NY area, but people from all across the world are welcome to join.

Thanks for joining!

We look forward to sipping + sitting together.

Zen & Tea Study Group