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Journeying Through Grief and Change with Fearlessness: Jizo Practice Group, Online 2/18 – 3/11

Four Thursdays: February 18, 25, March 4, 11, 4:30 – 6:30 pm PT

Led By Dōjin Sarah Emerson, Chris Fortin and Jenifer Block

In this time of difficulty and uncertainty, the archetype of Jizo Bodhisattva, an embodiment of fearlessness and great persistence, is a profound resource. Jizo vows to walk into the fires of suffering, and to accompany all beings across to the safety and equanimity of awakening.

Calling forth this spirit of creative and wholehearted engagement, we will deepen and stabilize our capacity to meet personal grief and loss and the collective grief of the global pandemic, racial violence and inequities, climate catastrophe, economic instability, societal and communal uncertainties.

The event is offered to deepen the qualities of Jizo Bodhisattva: unconditional love, great commitment, and unshakable fearlessness, in our practice and in the world. Our hope is that this offering will cultivate our individual and collective capacity to accept and engage with what is painful and difficult.

Jizo Practice Group

Our final session will be a Jizo Ceremony in which we bear witness to each other’s grief and loss and dedicate our efforts to the healing of our communities and in the world.  All are welcome, especially those in need of compassion, healing, and solace from the many losses, uncertainty and changes of these times.This is a unique opportunity to begin or deepen your bodhisattva practice. Together we will explore the meaning and power of Jizo Bodhisattva.  Meetings will include dharma talks, relevant reading, discussion, creative expression, as well as supporting one another in navigating the tricky places. We will introduce creative practices to nurture the qualities of Jizo: optimism, compassion, courage, and peace. We will study the Wheel of Life, and Jizo’s role in opening the doors of practice in the six realms of transmigration: gods, jealous gods, hungry ghosts, hell-beings, animals, and humans.

Advance registration required, this is not a drop-in group.

Offered through San Francisco Zen Center:

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