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Foundations of Buddhist Meditation: Contemporary Applications

If you have considered starting your own meditation practice, you are invited to attend “Foundations of Buddhist Meditation: Contemporary Applications.” During this six-week course, participants will have the opportunity to practice meditation under the guidance of a teacher. The course will also explore some key concepts in Buddhist philosophy to support our sitting practice. No meditation experience necessary. A commitment to attend all six sessions is encouraged.

The class will meet at Two Rivers Zen Community, 76 Main St., second floor, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on consecutive Tuesdays beginning May 1, and will be led by Myoki Marcia Nehemiah, a lay-ordained practitioner at Two Rivers. Register Here

New Online Class

Just Sitting: The Heart of Zen –II

Just Sitting: The Heart of Zen II is a deep emersion into Zazen from Eihei Dogen’s perspective. Course participants will engage in a deep, systematic and comprehensive study of this core Zen practice. The course integrates practice and Zen theory but will emphasize the practical through weekly on-line discussions led by Seiso, Sensei and through offering clear, concise, concrete   suggestions for working through difficulties and deepening personal practice that derive from Dogen’s writings on shikantaza,. [Readings to be assigned]

Six Weekly Sessions: Mondays 8:00 – 8:45 P.M. East Coast Time Beginning Monday April 9 [Class Limited to 8 Participants]

Fee: $15 per class, Full Course Fee: $40 In Advance [$20 TRZC Members] Pre-Register by sending a comment below. Be sure to include your email address

Zen Arts Workshop Series

Ushin Waka Walk” Led by:  Seiso Paul Cooper, Sensei

Saturday, July 15th: 9:00 A.M. – Noon

Meet at Ten Mile River Access Parking off Rt. 97

Waka, the thirty-one sound five-line poetic form rose to prominence in Japan during the 8th C. century This workshop emphasizes the ushin style, which prioritizes deep feelings, whether implicit or explicit. Teika the great 13th C. Join Seiso, Sensei for a nature walk along the beautiful and inspiring Upper Delaware River with stops along the way for writing, reading and reciting waka. Japanese poet notes that ushin underlies all stylistic forms of Japanese poetry. Fee, $30 Materials included. Register Here

Shodo Brush-painting class Led by: Kyoshin Lohr

Friday, August 4, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The class covers: brush holding techniques; inking the brush; painting enso and lily leaves. Class limited to 6 participants, $20 fee, supplies included. Register Here

Haiku Hike” Led by: Seiso Paul Cooper, Sensei

Saturday, September 9th: 9:00 A.M. – Noon

Meet at Ten Mile River Access Parking off Rt. 97

Haiku is a terse poetic form that captures the present moment with nothing added or excluded. It evokes a sense of sudden realization. Haiku brings objective and subjective reality together through emphasizing the seasons and the natural world. Join Seiso, Sensei for a nature walk along the beautiful and inspiring Upper Delaware River with stops along the way for writing, reading and reciting spontaneously created haiku. Our emphasis on the Zen notion of “Beginner’s Mind,” means that no writing experience is necessary. $30 Fee, Materials included. Register Here

Temari Sewing Class Led by: Myoki Marcia Nehemiah

Saturday, September 16th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Learn the ancient Japanese art of embroidering the surface of a ball. Limited to 6 participants. $60 registration fee. Lunch included. What is Temari? & Registration Info


Introduction to Abhidhamma: On Creativity and The Artist’s Conception of Ego

Led by: Kagayaki Karen Morris

Three Saturdays 10:00-1:30,            October 14, 21, 28  $120.00

This series of 3 workshop/discussions provide an overview of the original Theravada Buddhist scholarly works (3rd C. BCE ) on the nature of reality and phenomena known as the Abhidhamma. Participants will use this system to identify internal scripts such as: comparative modes of thinking, judging and perceiving our work, and the delusion of creative blocks, which can obstruct developing one’s work. Participants will apply the basic practical skills of the Abhidhamma system, to discern and open to the true nature of reality that is boundless creativity. Register Here

About the Facilitators

Seiso Paul Cooper, Sensei

Guiding teacher: Two Rivers Zen Community, Realizational Study Group, NYC & Lincoln Zen Center, Lincoln NE; member of the American Zen Teacher’s Association; Psychoanalyst, author and poet including: Still Standing: Three Stones Haiku, Solitary Moon and The Zen Impulse and the Psychoanalytic Encounter.

Kyoshin Lohr

Executive Director of the regional theatre company ACT Underground in Narrowsburg; Manager of the Western Sullivan Library’s Narrowsburg Branch; Formal student of Seiso Paul Cooper; She has been a part of the Two Rivers zendo since its inception.  Zen art forms are what inspired her initial interest in Buddhism over twenty years ago.  She has been studying the art form shodo, Japanese calligraphic brush painting for several years.

Kagayaki Karen Morris

Authorized Zen lay teacher and co-founder of Two Rivers Zen Community; a NYS psychoanalyst in private practice in NYC and Narrowsburg, NY. She specializes in the field of creativity and is an author and poet including the award-winning Cataclysm and Other Arrangements and Rage: The Misery of Men :: Hope: The Dawning of Men with Artist, John Tomlinson.

Myoki Marcia Nehemiah

Over the years Myoki Marcia Nehemiah has worked in a variety of needlecrafts, including knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, embroidery, quilting and, most recently, temari. She is the author of Crone Age, profiles of eight women in their eighties, and two books of poetry, Final Story and Reclamation and is a lay-ordained Zen practitioner at Two Rivers Zen Community.

One Comment
  1. FrazerFlav permalink

    Hi Myoki please count me as registered for 5/1 6-7pm meditation class…I was there last Sunday with Seiso and would like to attend you class…I do use a chair…. with Gassho Myojitsu Bryant

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