Writing As A Wisdom Project

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“Writing for the Water Heater”

Writing As A Wisdom Project led by Catherine Gammon

Stillpoint in Lawrenceville, Saturday March 7

9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Stillpoint Zen Community, Pittsburgh

 

Combining meditation in the Zen tradition with the practice of imaginative writing, this workshop invites intimate and creative study of the mind. Engaging playfully with language, we write together from prompts and read aloud, listen, and respond to one another’s words. Our writings and responses are explorations, and our conversations are based in imaginative insight rather than craft or critique. The day is appropriate for participants at any level of literary or meditation experience. Meditation guidance will be offered as needed.

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Please bring paper and pens, even if you are accustomed to composing on a keyboard. Please arrive by 8:45 to get settled, so that we can begin promptly at 9:00. We will take a break for lunch and everyone is encouraged to bring something (vegetarian) to share with others.

A contribution of $40 to Stillpoint ($30 for members) is suggested.

This offering provides dana for teaching and use of the space, and on this occasion will contribute to the purchase of Stillpoint’s new water heater. Any donation is welcome, but is not required for participation.

If you plan to attend or if you have questions please email liberationheart@gmail.com

 

Catherine Gammon is a fiction writer and Soto Zen priest, ordained in 2005 by Tenshin Reb Anderson Roshi in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki. Her novel Sorrow (Braddock Avenue Books, 2013) was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. Her novel Isabel Out of the Rain was published by Mercury House in 1991, and her shorter fiction has appeared in literary journals for many years. Before beginning residential Zen training at San Francisco Zen Center’s Tassajara and Green Gulch Farm, Catherine served for ten years on the MFA faculty of the University of Pittsburgh.

Stillpoint Zen Community, 137 41st Street, Pittsburgh PA

At Olmo Ling October 19

9:00 – 5:00 on Saturday October 19
Olmo Ling, Greenfield, Pittsburgh, PA

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Combining meditation in the Zen tradition with the practice of imaginative writing, this workshop invites intimate and creative study of the mind. Engaging playfully with language, we write together from prompts and read aloud, listen, and respond to one another’s words. Our writings and responses are explorations, and our conversations are based in imaginative insight rather than craft or critique. The day is appropriate for participants at any level of literary or meditation experience. Meditation guidance will be offered.

Please bring paper and pens, even if you’re used to composing on a keyboard (and leave the laptop at home). An iPad is fine if you’ll be writing with a stylus.

 Please arrive by 8:45 to get settled, so that we can begin promptly at 9:00. We will take a break for lunch and everyone is encouraged to bring something (vegetarian) to share with others. The day will end at 5:00.

A contribution of $40 to Olmo Ling ($35 for members) is suggested. This offering is partially in support of teaching and partially to cover use of the space in support of Olmo Ling. Any additional offering is welcome, but not necessary. Please register through Olmo Ling in advance if possible. 

Olmo Ling Bon Center and Institute
1101 Greenfield Avenue, Greenfield, Pittsburgh PA 15217

“End of Summer in Vermont” will be rescheduled (maybe for Winter?) — TBD

August 30 – September 2, The Art Monastery Project will host Writing As A Wisdom Project at their seven-acre farm on the banks of the Connecticut River near Springfield, Vermont.

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Be sure to check out the options for longer retreats and discounts information, especially if you would like to extend your stay.

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Stillpoint in Pittsburgh, January 12

Combining meditation in the Zen tradition with the practice of imaginative writing, this workshop invites intimate and creative study of the mind. Engaging playfully with language, we write together from prompts and read aloud, listen, and respond to one another’s words. Our writings and responses are explorations, and our conversations are based in imaginative insight rather than craft or critique. The day is appropriate for participants at any level of literary or meditation experience. Meditation guidance will be offered as needed.

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Please bring paper and pens, even if you are accustomed to composing on a keyboard. Please arrive by 8:45 to get settled, so that we can begin promptly at 9:00. We will take a break for lunch and everyone is encouraged to bring something (vegetarian) to share with others. The day ends at 5:00 p.m.

A contribution of $40 to Stillpoint ($30 for members) is suggested.

This offering covers use of the space in support of Stillpoint and provides dana for teaching.

Any donation is welcome, but is not required for participation.

If you plan to attend or if you have questions please email liberationheart@gmail.com

Catherine Gammon is a fiction writer and Soto Zen priest, ordained in 2005 by Tenshin Reb Anderson Roshi in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki. Her novel Sorrow (Braddock Avenue Books, 2013) was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. Her novel Isabel Out of the Rain was published by Mercury House in 1991, and her shorter fiction has appeared in literary journals for many years. Before beginning residential Zen training at San Francisco Zen Center’s Tassajara and Green Gulch Farm, Catherine served for ten years on the MFA faculty of the University of Pittsburgh.

Stillpoint Zen Community, 137 41st Street, Pittsburgh PA

Brooklyn Zen Center October 21

Wise cats …

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Wise birds …

 

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Come sit, come play …

 

Writing As A Wisdom Project in Brooklyn

Sunday October 21       9:30 to 5:30

Brooklyn Zen Center, 505 Carroll Street

 

Writing in May

Writing as a Wisdom Project returns to Stillpoint in Pittsburgh for a daylong retreat on May 5 …

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… and to Zen Center North Shore in Beverly, Massachusetts, for a weekend of sitting, dharma teaching, and writing, May 19-20.

More information for Stillpoint here and for ZCNS here.

 

 

 

 

 

February Series in Pittsburgh

I’ll be offering a five-week session of Writing As A Wisdom Project through the University of Pittsburgh’s Osher program.

Registration info here.