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Moving into Stillness: Running as Meditation

  • Zen Center of New York City 500 State Street Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States (map)

A run begins the moment you forget you’re running.

The premise of this retreat is simple: it’s more fulfilling to live life awake than asleep. Buddhism understands that awakening is only possible with and through this human body, and so, as practitioners, we learn to use it skillfully to see our true nature.

Using running as our focus, we’ll look at the dynamic dance between stillness and movement, meditation and activity. Immersed in our hectic lives, can we become still and grounded? And can we allow that stillness to move and function in everything that we do? There’s running as sport, as weight loss, as therapy, or as distraction. But is it possible, in the long tradition of Zen, to see this discipline as a “way” or path of awakening?

This retreat is especially designed for:

• Those wanting to start a running practice

• Those who have trouble running consistently but want to (including those who love to have run but

   struggle with actually running)

• Those who want to improve their form, speed, endurance and concentration

• Those who already enjoy running and want do to it as a mindfulness practice

A Chinese saying states that the true miracle is not to fly on the air walk on water, but to walk on the earth. Join us in this celebration of the miracle that is the human body and its ability to move freely and unselfconsciously.

Please bring running clothes, shoes, and a digital watch.