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Dharma Talk: Zen's Women Ancestors

with Zoketsu Norman Fischer

9/7/2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at Nalanda West (Map) (One evening)

The Zen tradition is famous for emphasizing the dynamic lives of the masters as being more expressive of the dharma than the written teachings. Unfortunately, like almost all religions, the lineage of masters is almost entirely male. In recent years, western Zen centers have been working to correct this omission, with much scholarship being done on Zen's women ancestors. The talk will celebrate the tales of Zen's women teachers throughout history - every bit as dynamic as the men!- using them as takeoff points for understanding the spiritual challenges we face today.

Parking Information

Nalanda West is located at the intersection of a residential street and commercial businesses. In order to maintain good relations with our residential neighbors, Nalanda West staff asks that program participants avoid parking on Woodland Park Ave N. north of Nalanda West.

Parking is generally available in the two small interconnected parking lots behind Nalanda West. Across Bridge Way N. at the Bridgeway Building (3876 Bridge Way) there are 14 parking spaces. There is generally parking available in front of the building, south on 39th and Woodland Park, and along Bridge Way N.

Registration and Donation

Please consider the following suggested event donation plus Dana for the teacher. Please contribute teacher Dana at the event. Please use your best efforts to pay the suggested donation or another heartfelt amount. All are welcome regardless of ability to pay.

No registration is required. Please bring your class donation and teacher Dana to the event.

Suggested Donation: $5 + dana

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