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Mystical Nothingness ~ the Path to Wholeness

Sunday, June 4, 2017 @ 10:00am-4:30pm

A daylong meditation retreat with Norman Fischer
Co-sponsored with Chochmat HaLev

All mystical traditions focus on what is simply called “Nothingness,” a reality beyond the appearances of this world. Judaism calls this state “Ayin,” based in the idea that we cannot say what God is, but we can say what God is not. In this retreat we will explore “Ayin” with meditation, silent sitting, chanting, text study and dialogue as a way to embrace our own mysteries—the unknowable parts of our psyches, souls, futures, and capacity. To fully accept the no-thingness of reality is to come closer to the whole in our own lives, bring us closer to peace, strength, compassion and spiritual health.

Take advantage of this day long opportunity to study, practice and learn with the gifted, compelling, and revered teacher, poet, Zen Priest and founder of Makor Or Center for Jewish meditation, Zoketsu Norman Fischer. He will be joined by Chochmat HaLev’s congregational leaders Maggid Jhos Singer and Julie Batz, and musician Lior Tsarfaty.

Norman Fischer is a Zen priest, teacher, poet and former co-abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center. He also is co-founder with Rabbi Alan Lew z”l of Makor Or, a Jewish meditation center in San Francisco. He leads Jewish meditation retreats around the country and is the author of many books including, Opening to You: Zen-Inspired Translations of The Psalms. Norman also is founder and spiritual director of the Everyday Zen Foundation, an organization dedicated to adapting Zen Buddhist teachings to Western culture.

(bring your own vegetarian lunch)
$45 members of CHL
$60 General Public

10% discount for Open Circle community (that’s you if you’re reading this).
Use this code when you register: Circle

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Sunday, June 4, 2017
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