Workshop: The Dharma of Martin Luther King, Jr.

December 31, 2007

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Hozan Alan Senauke will lead a workshop on The Dharma of Martin Luther King, Jr., January 11–13 [in Durham, NC]. The workshop will begin on Friday night at 7:30. The workshop will continue on Saturday from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Hozan Sensei will give a public Dharma Talk on Sunday morning at 10:30, and the workshop will continue until mid-afternoon on Sunday. Lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday.

The movie “Citizen King” will be shown on Saturday night at 7:30 and everyone is welcome. The fees are $80, members $60. Please call (919) 967-0861, or contact Carla at canton [at] duke.edu if you would like to request a scholarship. The deadline for signing up is Saturday, January 5. There is a registration form in the [BPF] Newsletter.

Hozan Sensei is a Dharma heir of Sojun Mel Weitsman and vice-abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center. Hozan has also been a leader in the Buddhist Peace Fellowship since 1991. King’s pluralistic religious faith and his immersion in the philosophy of active non-violence, as taught by Thoreau, Tolstoy, Gandhi, and others, expressed spiritual understandings that we share at the heart of Buddhist practice: that together we co-create the world for better and worse, and that there is truly no separation between self and other.

In the course of this weekend together we will remind ourselves about King’s time and place in America and consider how that history is relevant today. We will read and discuss several sermons and essays, and we can talk about how to use his teachings in our own lives’ at home and in the world at large. Our touchstone throughout the weekend will be silent meditation as the ground of peace and wholeness.

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