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There will be sitting with daisan from 10am-noon on Sunday, January 21st.
The January Newsletter includes announcements and an article: Communication, Civility, Connectedness.
Enrollment is open for the February sesshin (February 16-19).   Please Complete an application to sign up. This sesshin will be focused on the training of three essential practices - Hara practice, the koan "What is this?" and the practice of loving-kindness. The practices will be presented consecutively, and each will be given equal time. Because this sesshin will most likely fill up very fast, it is recommended that if you wish to attend you apply very soon. All applicants must attend the full three days.
ZCSD student Punit Auerbacher will be offering a free 8-week course in Conscious Communication at Unitarian Universalist Church Hillcrest on Monday evenings beginning January 22. This class is based on the principles of Non-Violent Communication and the Zen Center of San Diego. We will learn to align our communication and actions with our spiritual aspirations & values. Identify how habitual patterns of mind, attitude & behavior impede effective communication; Take responsibility for ourselves by differentiating emotional stimulus from cause, observation from evaluation, preferences from needs. Learn practices to develop compassion and empathy and how to make “do-able” requests. Instructor Punit Auerbacher has been immersed in NonViolent Communication since 1993, studying with 4 different trainers, including founder Marshall Rosenberg.
Textbook: Non Violent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg
Cost: Free (Donation to the Church is suggested.)
To enroll, just show up January 22nd at 7pm.
2018 All-Day Sitting
All-Day Sittings are scheduled in 2018 for March 17, May 12, July 14, and November 17. You may attend all or part of the schedule, and there is no charge.  Meals are not provided.
Here is the sesshin schedule for 2018:
February 16-19
April 3-8
June 7-10 (Questhaven)
August 7-12
October 5-8
December 26-31
Elizabeth and Ezra lead sitting and walking meditation at the ocean (near Law Street in Pacific Beach) on occasional Sunday mornings. The dates for 2018 are:
March 18
May 27
July 15
September 16
November 4
The 2018 Practice Period will be from September 15th through October 13th.
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