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Special Topics


Talks, readings and discussions are offered after Zazen/meditation at most ZCOC programs.  Some special topics are found below.  Exact dates are in the monthly newsletter.

Early Japanese Zen Teachers in America (1893 to 1949)

A six month program, from January to June, 2015 on the first Zen pioneers who came from Japan to the United States, which emphasis upon their relevance to our practice today, and especially in consideration of our 20 year anniversary.

Engaged Buddhism

Quarterly talks, readings, films and discussions on Zen Buddhist teachings and their application to social issues.  The four topics in 2015 are climate change, prison reform, proverty and citizenship.

Film Program

A film on a Zen-related topic, followed by discussion, is held about every other month, on second Tuesdays.  We have one 30-minute period of Zazen/Meditation, followed by a film and discussion.

The dates for 2015 are:  Jan. 13, Feb. 17, Mar. 10, May 11, June 9, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8

A sampling of recent films includes:  “The Zen of Dogen,” “Mind of Play,” “D.T. Suzuki,” “An Interview with Toni Packer,” and short films on mindfulness practice at a senior center & public elementary school.”