“Not thinking about anything is zen. Once you know this, walking, standing, sitting or lying down, everything you do is zen. To know that the mind is empty is to see the buddha. The buddhas of the ten directions have no mind. To see no mind is to see the buddha.” — Bodhidharma (5th c.)
Welcome to Two Streams Zen Farm
263 Main Road, Route 66, Westhampton, MA 01027-9682 USA
2017 Practice Schedule
Saturdays from 9 am to Noon
RETREATS, CLASSES AND SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT
Contemplative Somatic Wellness™ Retreats: Training and mentoring of young adult activists–in particular those from underrepresented communities–in a holistic and integrative somatic immersion apprenticeship aligning Zen teachings and training, Somatic Experiencing®, and Social Justice Pedagogy.
Coming in 2017: Zen and Trauma
B-Coming Ur Own BFF: Learning to Meditate with Kindness – An introductory class to the practice of sitting meditation for all levels of seekers.
Call to Action in Response to Charleston and Beyond: facilitated gatherings for white Dharma practitioners who identify as social activists and are seeking to respond with conscious compassion to the suffering caused by the unexamined legacy of white privilege, rank, and racism.
White-On-White Gatherings: Intra-group gatherings for Dharma practitioners and social change activists uncovering and renegotiating Whiteness and uncoupling the unconscious patterns that perpetuate our suffering as white people (by invitation).
Trauma-informed spiritual counseling, Precepts and Koan study, Zen training, Death Cafe, Hospice visits, Emotional Support Animals, Somatic Experiencing, environmental blessings, ritual cleansing, weddings and funerals.
One-to-one meetings with one of the guiding teachers are available for those seeking to establish a meditation practice or seeking counsel for life issues as they relate to deepening and sustaining a spiritual life. All sessions are 45 minutes in length and include meditation, tea, and dialogue. Experienced Zen students may request to meet in terms of their formal training and the student arranges to arrive for a minimum of one hour of Zazen prior to the meeting. The teachings and guidance are always freely given. Traditionally, a gift is offered in return.
The Practice of Dana Paramita – Generosity
As it has been since the time of the Buddha, and in a spirit of interdependence, the Dharma is offered freely at Two Streams Zen. In turn, it is traditional for a community to support the teachings of Dharma by offering monetary gifts to teachers and the temples in appreciation for receiving the teachings, and in recognition of the years of training and understanding the teacher has cultivated. We invite you to offer these gifts to the degree your heart is touched by the teachings and practices offered at Two Streams Zen.