Writing As A Wisdom Project

zen writing life

Beverly, Massachusetts, in the New Year

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday January 8, 2017, at Zen Center North Shore

(formerly Marblehead Zen Center) * 66 Lovett Street * Beverly, Massachusetts

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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 will 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 experience. Meditation guidance will be offered as needed.

Please bring paper and pens to write with, even if you are accustomed to composing on a keyboard (and leave your computer at home). Please arrive by 8:45. We will begin promptly at 9:00. We will take a break for lunch. Please bring (vegetarian) food to share with others. The day will end at 5:00.

Suggested donation: $60 or whatever you can afford.

Register on-line at www.marbleheadzencenter.org.

Questions? 781/718-5455 or info@marbleheadzencenter.org

 

November 21 at Stillpoint in Lawrenceville

Stillpoint Zen Community will host Writing As A Wisdom Project
9 am to 5 pm on Saturday November 21. Please join us!

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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 as needed.

Please bring paper and pens to write with, even if you are accustomed to composing on a keyboard (and leave your computer at home). 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 to share with others. The day will end at 5:00.

A contribution of $30 to Stillpoint ($20 for members) is suggested. This offering is to cover use of the space and to support Stillpoint. Any additional offering for teaching is welcome, but not necessary.

If you have any questions please leave a comment here and I’ll email a response.

Stillpoint Zen Community, 137 41st Street, Lawrenceville PA 15201
Parking is on the street.

graffiti for me

found in a tunnel in Peckham Rye …
with gratitude to whoever the anonymous artist may be …

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Norfolk in Spring

Looking forward to returning to Dancing Mountains in the U.K. — only a month away now, and Norfolk in May, toward the end of my visit …

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At Empty Hand Zen Center in New Rochelle

Saturday February 28

 

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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 will 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 experience. Meditation guidance will be offered as needed.

9:00 – 5:00 Saturday February 28

Empty Hand Zen Center, 45 Lawton Street

New Rochelle, NY

Please contact emptyhandzen@yahoo.com

to reserve a space

 

Please bring paper and pens to write with, even if you are accustomed to composing on a keyboard (and leave your computer at home). Please plan to arrive when the doors open at 8:45. We will take a break for lunch and everyone is encouraged to bring something to share with others. The day will end at 5:00. 

 

9:30 – 5:30 on March 13, Truro Public Library North Truro, Massachusetts

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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 will 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 experience. Meditation guidance will be offered as needed.

Please bring paper and pens to write with, even if you are accustomed to composing on a keyboard (and leave your computer at home). Please arrive when the library opens at 9:30. We will begin promptly at 9:45. We will take a break for lunch and everyone is encouraged to bring something to share with others. The day will end at 5:30.

Please call the library if you would like to reserve a place: (508) 487-1125

Bio note

Catherine Gammon is a fiction writer and Soto Zen priest. She is the author of the novels Sorrow (Braddock Avenue Books, 2013) and Isabel Out of the Rain (Mercury House, 1991), and her shorter fiction has appeared in literary journals for many years. Before beginning residential Zen training, Catherine served on the faculty of the MFA program of the University of Pittsburgh. In 1977-78 and 1981-82 she was a Fellow of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is living this year in North Truro.

Saturday July 19 at Zen Center of Pittsburgh

Combining meditation and stories from the Zen tradition with the practice of imaginative writing, this early summer retreat invites intimate and creative study of the mind.

Engaging freely with language as an opportunity to receive, express, study, and reveal our own presently arising body and mind, we will write together from provocations 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. Our time together will be intimate and playful, and will offer everyone opportunities for participation and discussion.

The day is appropriate for participants at any level of writing experience. Our time is structured to include informal periods of reflection and formal periods of silent meditation as practiced in the Zen tradition. Meditation instruction will be offered as needed.

Please arrive at Zen Center of Pittsburgh by 8:45 a.m. in order to begin promptly at 9:00. Please bring something to share with others for lunch.

For more information and to register please contact Kyoki at zencenterpgh at gmail dot com or 412-741-1262.

Catherine Gammon is a fiction writer, writing teacher, and Soto Zen priest. She has published two novels, Sorrow (2013) and Isabel Out of the Rain (1991), as well as a collection of stories, Beauty and the Beast (2012). Beginning in 2000, Catherine trained for ten years in residence at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. She was ordained as a priest by Tenshin Reb Anderson Roshi in 2005, and served as shuso, or head monk, for the Spring 2010 practice period at Green Dragon Temple/Green Gulch Farm. Before entering formal Zen training, Catherine was a member of the MFA faculty in creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh. She has offered Writing as a Wisdom Project at various venues in the U.K., at Green Gulch Farm, Marblehead Zen Center, Brooklyn Zen Center, and at Stillpoint Zen Community in Pittsburgh.

Brooklyn Zen Center June 29

Registration info is up at Brooklyn Zen Center for the June 29 Writing as a Wisdom Project retreat.

Looking forward to seeing old and new friends for a playfully serious day of silence and imagination.

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photo by Luca Valentino

Save the Date

It’s too soon to find it on the website, but I’m looking forward to offering a new edition of Writing As A Wisdom Project at Brooklyn Zen Center on Sunday, June 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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This will be an intimate and inventive day of reflection, reception and writing—please come along and join us as we play.

See Brooklyn Zen Center for further details and registration closer to the time.

 

Brooklyn Zen Center July 21

Coming up soon, Writing As A Wisdom Project at Brooklyn Zen Center, Sunday July 21 from 9 to 5, an intimate and playful day of writing and reflection.

Please see the Brooklyn Zen Center website for details and to register.

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