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Kong-Ans in the Kwan Um School of Zen

With Zen Master Bon Yeon (Jane Dobisz)

Session 1:

A famous Master once said, “Understanding only goes as far as that which it can understand.” Our understanding serves us quite well for most purposes, as we navigate through our lives at home, at school, and at work. For certain other questions though, the big questions of our human condition, our understanding comes to a screeching halt.

In this class, Zen Master Bon Yeon will share her experience of several decades of working with Zen kong-ans. She will teach some different examples of kong-ans that have helped her in her own life, and hopefully they will help you with yours! Zen kong-an practice is as valuable and as applicable today as it was thousands of years ago.

Session 2:

Correct Situation, Correct Relationship, and Correct Function

Our founding teacher, Zen Master Seung Sahn, focused very heavily (and for his entire teaching career) on the value of keeping our correct situation, relationship, and function, moment to moment. In this talk, Zen Master Bon Yeon will use a well-known kong-an to show how these three factors come together in expressing oneself in the context of the kong-an, and help us to attain correct life.

About the teacher: 
Zen Master Bon Yeon (Jane McLaughlin-Dobisz) has been Co-Guiding Teacher of CZC since 1993. She received inka (authorization to teach) in 1991, and transmission from Zen Master Seung Sahn in 2000. Before training in the Kwan Um School of Zen, she spent several years in the Tibetan and the Vipassana traditions. Zen Master Bon Yeon has completed many Kyol Che 90 day retreats in the US, Europe, and Korea, and taught around the world. She is an editor of The Whole World Is A Single Flower, a collection of kong-ans by Zen Master Seung Sahn. She is also the author of One Hundred Days of Solitude: Losing Myself and Finding Grace on a Zen Retreat, which chronicles a one hundred-day solo meditation retreat in the winter woods of New England. She is a native of the Boston area.

[ATTENTION Members of the 360 Zen Study Series: There is no need to purchase this class as it is already included in your subscription.]