On Sunday, June 9, 2019 , Sayama Daian, Abbot of Daihonzan Chozen-ji/International Zen Dojo and volunteers Mike Hodges and Cristina Moon led the group on a half day immersion in Zen and the art of leadership. Chozen-ji is the only Daihonzan, or central temple, outside of Japan and was established in 1972. People from all over the world come to Chozen-ji to learn how to transcend their limitations through rigorous Zen training. During our half day training the group had the opportunity to learn about the benefits of meditation; optimal mechanics of the body such as breath, posture and concentration and four principles of Zen leadership. A delicious, healthy lunch was also served.
At Chozen-ji, students are pushed to refine their breath, posture and awareness in every activity. The various practices, especially zazen (meditation), grow this state of concentration and relaxation in which one is fully present, moment by moment. By deeply pursuing the Way, students can ultimately develop the wisdom and compassion often associated with old age at any point in life so they can use it to benefit the world. Participants felt refreshed and rejuvenated at the end of the training. There have been requests for follow up sessions. Stay tuned to for more programs in the near future.