Buddha taught impermanence, which implies a concept of time. But what is time? How do we experience it? How do we live it? What do our ideas about time mean for the way we live and suffer? What do our ideas about time have to do with our thoughts and experiences of aging? And why don’t Buddhist teachers talk about time? Well, one teacher does. In his famous essay Uji (“For The Time Being”), Dogen (1200-1254), the great Japanese Zen Master, discusses the ineffable and simultaneous nature of time as it intersects with our living. Time is being and being is time, Dogen writes. And our misunderstanding of this point is one of the key reasons we suffer. In this daylong retreat, we’ll practice sitting and walking meditation and engage in dialogue about and experiential exercises in the practice of living in “the time being.”
Roshi Zoketsu Norman Fischer is a poet and Zen Buddhist priest. For many years he has taught at the San Francisco Zen Center, the oldest and largest of the new Buddhist organizations in the West, where he served as Co-abbot from 1995-2000. He is presently a Senior Dharma Teacher there as well as the founder and spiritual director of the Everyday Zen Foundation, an organization dedicated to adapting Zen Buddhist teachings to Western culture.