Nanshin will be Guest Teacher at Minnesota Zen Meditation Center
Sunday, June 25, 10 am
What's A Bodhisattva To Do? Ponderings From A Buddhist Economist
Offered online and in person.
Dogen teaches that the Buddha's teachings are expressed through everyday activity, with the mind of zazen. This is Zen beyond words. Nanshin will expand upon sections of Instructions for the Cook and Shinji Shobogenzo: 301 Koan Stories and give examples of her practice in the messy material environment of the 21st century. Spoiler alert: She will not answer the central question of what to do. It's up to all of us to work out those details using our own life experience.
Nancy Nanshin White practiced at Mt. Equity Zendo in Pennsdale, Pennsylvania until her retirement from Bucknell University, where she was a professor of economics. She completed her shuso (head student) training in 2011 and received lay entrustment from Rev. Dai-En Bennage in 2016. She held positions on the Mt. Equity Board of directors and coordinated many events. Nanshin offered zazen to the Bucknell community for seven years and taught a first-year course at Bucknell called Mindful Consumption, which was inspired by the fifth of Thich Nhat Hanh’s five mindfulness trainings. After retirement in 2017, Nanshin and her husband, Tom Tomei Knapp, moved to Moorhead, MN. They founded Open Land Sangha in 2019 in Moorhead and nearby Fargo, ND. She is a member of the Lay Zen Teachers Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the FM Interfaith Center. She lectures on the practice of Buddhism at local universities.
We are a small, welcoming Zen community located in the Fargo, ND-Moorhead, MN-West Fargo, ND area led by an experienced lay teacher in the Soto Zen tradition. We currently hold in person weekly meditation and occasional weekend practice periods at our Downtown Moorhead, MN location and by zoom.
Here in the Northern Great Plains, we are fortunate to have the gift of ever-changing nature in all its intensity and majesty. Winds frequently blow over the open land and offer us a teaching from the Buddha, who said: "Different winds come from all directions. Some are clear, some carry dust, some are cold or hot, fierce gales or gentle breezes. In the same way, sensations arise in the body--pleasant, unpleasant or neutral. When a meditator sees sensations as the wind, coming and going, clear or dust laden, fierce or gentle, the meditator will fully understand them and be free from dependence on them. When sensations are understood, the meditator will see beyond the conditioned world."
(From the Samyutta Nikaya)
Mondays 7:00-8:30pm central time (zoom only)
Wednesdays 7:00-8:30pm central time (hybrid in-person and zoom)
Fridays 7:00-8:00am central time (zoom only) second and fourth week of the month