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Relationships, Love and Spiritual Practice

By Frank Simons

The Meditation Center presents the video lecture series Relationships, Love and Spiritual Practice, Part 3, “Love,” on Thursday, October 1, at 5:30pm at the Center, Callejón Blanco 4.

Film Meditation
Relationships, Love and Spiritual Practice, Part 3
By Zen Teacher Ezra Bayda
Thu, Oct 1, 5:30pm
Meditation Center
Callejón Blanco 4
415 111 0644

This part of the retreat, about love and led by Zen teacher and author Ezra Bayda, received this interesting comment: “One thing I like about Ezra’s approach is that he sees Buddhism in the broadest context. It is not just about ‘enlightenment’ but also about making yourself into a fine person. In the past I have been put off by Zen masters who may have achieved extraordinary insight into the nature of things but had not developed sensitivity to other people. This understanding set me back in my Buddhist practice and only now I am beginning to see that the Eightfold Path is not just a means to get to a goal of enlightenment, but that each point of practice is of value in its own right. I do not believe the Eightfold Path is a means to any exalted religious goal but are instructions for living a better life. Ezra’s emphasis on using the world of relationships as a means of improving self-understanding has been very helpful to me. Thanks to all.” –Richard Fidler

Ezra Bayda has been practicing meditation since 1970 and teaching since 1995. He was initially trained in the Gurdjieff tradition and began practicing Zen meditation in 1970. In 1998, he received authorization to teach from Charlotte Joko Beck in the Ordinary Mind and White Plum lineages. He presently teaches at Zen Center San Diego. He also founded the Santa Rosa Zen Group and continues to lead it, visiting several times a year. He and his wife Elizabeth have led retreats at other centers and internationally and currently lead a yearly retreat in Paris. Ezra writes many of the articles for the ZCSD newsletter and is a regular contributor to meditation and Buddhist magazines.  He is also the author of six books: Being Zen: Bringing Meditation To Life (2002), At Home in the Muddy Water (2003), Saying Yes to Life (Even the Hard Parts) (2005), Zen Heart (2008), Beyond Happiness: The Zen Way to True Contentment (2010), and The Authentic Life: Zen Wisdom for Living Free From Complacency and Fear (2014).


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