Meditation


Our approach to meditation is one that integrates seemingly opposing approaches into a single unified approach, The Flow Meditation. A dance of meditation approaches that enables the practitioner to take an inward step towards peace, mindfulness and understanding with greater ease.

Schedule

6 Saturdays,
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Feb 3rd - March 10

Meditation, Talk & Discussion

1680 Bryant Street
Palo Alto, CA 94303

The Flow Meditation Series

6 Saturday afternoons, 12:30 to 2:00p,
Feb 3 - March 10

In this six-week series you will learn and practice Japanese Zen meditation, a direct approach, interwoven and integrated with the Mahāsatipaṭṭhāna Sutta, or the Greater Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness, a gradual approach, as taught by the Buddha and recorded in the Pali Cannon of the Theravada tradition. The interplay of gradual and direct approach is at the heart of this series.

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Schedule

The Flow Meditation: Zazen & Sattipathana


6 Saturdays
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Feb 3rd - March 10

Meditation, Talk & Discussion

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Sitting Posture & Body

Learn the sitting posture of Japanese Zen Meditation, Zazen, as taught by the founder of the Sōtō school of Zen, Dōgen Zenji, and how to be mindful of the body in meditation practice, as taught by the Buddha in the First Foundation of Mindfulness, Contemplation of the Body.

Feb 3, 2024
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Just Sitting & Feelings

Learn Shikantaza, the form of Zen meditation that translates to "just sitting" or "nothing but sitting" in Japanese. Its a practice that emphasizes a non-conceptual, non-dual awareness. Combine this direct approach with how to be mindful of feelings during meditation as taught by the Buddha in the Second Foundation of Mindfulness, Contemplation of Feelings.

Feb 10, 2024
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Walking Meditation & Mind

Learn Kinhin, a form of mindful walking in Japanese Zen. Its purpose is to maintain the meditative state of awareness and mindfulness during the transition between periods of sitting meditation. Combine this practice with how to be mindful of the mind during meditation as taught by the Buddha in the Third Foundation of Mindfulness, Contemplation of the Mind.

Feb 17, 2024
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Koans & Mind Objects

Koans are paradoxical or enigmatic anecdotes, statements, or dialogues used in Zen Buddhism as a tool for meditation and contemplation. The purpose of koans is to go beyond conceptual thinking and intellectual analysis, pushing practitioners to experience a direct, non-conceptual understanding. Combine this direct approach with how to be mindful of mind-objects during meditation as taught by the Buddha in the Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness, Contemplation of Mind-Objects.

Feb 24, 2024
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Insight & The Four Noble Truths

Kensho in Zen is an an immediate and direct insight, transcending dualistic perceptions and offering profound understanding into one's true nature. Combine this understanding with the Four Noble Truths of existence as taught by the Buddha.

March 2, 2024
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Realization and the Four Stages

Satori is a Zen term for sudden insight, an immediate and profound realization that transcends ordinary understanding, leading to a transformative shift in perception and awareness. Combine this understanding with the Four Jhanas or the Four Stages of Meditation of a realized practioner as taught by the Buddha.

March 9, 2024

Lead by

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Karn Verma

Karn has previously given meditation instruction and talks at Jikoji Zen Center in Los Gatos, California. He has been practicing meditation intensively since 2016 at Jikoji and related zen temples, attending several week long meditation practice periods (sesshin) with dialogue and interactions with resident & visiting teachers. Jikoji was founded by Japanese Zen teacher Kobun Chino Ottogawa, an influencial figure in bringing Zen to the United States alongside Suzuki Roshi. In his spiritual study Karn has focused on the writings of Jiddu Krishnamurti and the teachings of the Buddha. He also studies and hosts Japanese Ceremonial Tea, a meditative art and practice, with Daoist calligrapher, Gerow Reece. Read more about Karn here: www.feelingflow.org/founder

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    Venue

    A serene space in Palo Alto, nestled amidst lush greenery, designed to inspire movement and meditation with its tranquil ambiance.

    Feeling Flow1680 Bryant StPalo Alto, CA 94301

    Doors open 15 minutes before class.

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    1680 Bryant Street, Palo Alto, California 94301, United States

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    or Email: teacher@feelingflow.org

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