The Zen Tweens program has been providing in-person packages month-to-month on the 2nd Sunday of the month since restarting in June, and can proceed with out of doors packages October 10 and November 14, 9am-noon.
We concentrate on Zazen, focus practices, and exploring notion via caretaking actions and artistic video games. We preserve Covid precautions, and maintain house for the tweens to share their emotions and opinions on what we examine and the way it pertains to what’s going on of their lives.
In September we made autumnal choices to the chipmunks, birds, and different woodland creatures by creating cornmeal suet feeders and hanging them in considerate locations across the forest. After just some days, woodland creatures have clearly been having fun with our choices! As part of our ongoing explorations of notion, we learn a passage from phenomenologist David Abram that described his insights on making choices to the extra–than-human realms when researching in Bali.
We additionally participated in serving to with the dye backyard’s indigo harvest. The strategy of extracting indigo from the leaves of the vegetation grown on Mount Tremper is historic and includes many alternatives for studying. Developed over centuries, the oldest recognized indigo dyed textiles have been created over 6,000 years in the past. For the tweens the teachings included a connection to this deep human previous, and in addition new sensible data concerning the pH scale, agitation, and precipitate in chemical transformations.
Tweens helped in each step of the method, because the harvest is so massive that it’s taking days and weeks to course of the uncooked indigo matter via all the mandatory phases. We eliminated vegetation from a pool that had been fermenting, processed pigment, and neutralized numerous fluids for environmentally pleasant disposal.
In different summer time classes we’ve got assisted in supporting the bushes of the orchard and weeding the backyard beds. We have engaged in numerous video games exploring visible notion and the perceptually influenced interaction of pictures and written language. In addition to in-person choices, Zen Tweens maintains a month-to-month zoom session on the finish of the month for group contributors dwelling farther from the monastery.
Upcoming Zoom dates and occasions are Thursday, September 30 and Thursday, October 28, 6:15-7:15pm.
Because our pointers embrace out of doors packages solely, we are going to return to Zoom packages each 2 weeks over the winter months. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve maintained these Zoom classes (with vigorous participation) to be able to help this distinctive age group of their apply and contemplation.
It is a real pleasure to work with aspiring bodhisattvas at this particular age and to see this world via their contemporary, inquisitive eyes. If you realize any 10 to 13 yr olds who could be inquisitive about taking part, please share with them and their dad and mom this net web page the place they will even discover contact info for coordinators Kyuko and Jo.