A Day of Poetry and Dharma

Daylong of Sitting & Walking meditation, Sharing and Composing Poems that speak to our Dharma practice

Lyndal Johnson
with Lyndal Johnson

4/21/2018 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM at Seattle Insight Meditation Center, (2729 6th Ave. S., Seattle, 98134) (Map It)

Poetry has always been associated with the Buddhist teachings - from the Dhammapada, which is attributed to the Buddha himself - to the songs of the great Tibetan sage, Milarepa - to the poetry of the wandering Zen monks of China and Japan.  In this class, we will continue this tradition with a day of sitting and walking, sharing poems that speak to our dharma practice, and composing our own poems in the simple form of haiku as we connect with nature and the present moment.  Instruction and exercises will be drawn from the book “Seeds from a Birch Tree:  Writing Haiku and the Spiritual Journey” by Clark Strand.  Poems will be shared anonymously so there will be no need for self-consciousness or stress!

Participants should bring a notebook and pen or pencil, cushions for sitting if desired, and a short poem that is meaningful to their practice to share.  Food is available for purchase offsite, but a sack lunch is recommended for convenience.

Open to all but some previous meditation experience would be helpful.

Registration and Donation

No registration is required. 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.

The suggested donation is $30 plus teacher dana.

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