Hara Development Update

     It has been quite a while since I posted to this blog.  Over that time, I have received numerous inquiries from readers which have led to very productive email exchanges.  This has given me an idea:  I would like to invite you all to submit questions and/or suggest topics for future posts.  You can send them to me at haradevelopment@wisconsinzen.org.

    I also want to call your attention to some new developments.

    First, I will be conducting an interactive webinar on hara development on November 9, from 7:30 PM to 8:15 PM (CST).  This will be a good opportunity to ask me questions about hara development, especially about the exercises I have posted to this site in the past.  You can find more information and a link to the Zoom registration on the Chosei Zen website.

   Next, is the new Chosei Zen Virtual Dojo, of which the November 9 webinar is a part. the.  We created the virtual dojo when the COVID-19 pandemic began in order to allow our students to continue Zen training during the sheltering period.  However, we were so impressed by the potential of online media that we decided to expand our offerings and to continue robust online training and education after the pandemic ends (which hopefully will be soon).   You can see other webinars and training events on the Chosei Zen website.  You’ll also see that we offer online group zazen twice a day, seven days a week.  Please check it out if you are interested in zazen instruction and/or the support of a group for your meditation practice. To stay up to date on the Virtual Dojo and other Chosei Zen happenings, please subscribe to our email list.

   Finally, I want to let you know that my colleague, Ginny Whitelaw Roshi, has just published a book entitled Resonate: Zen and the Way of Making a Difference.  The book has considerable relevance to hara development, and I urge you all to read it. Order Resonate here.

   Thank you for your interest in hara development. I hope to see you online.