The Vital Way


Prices in $USD

A 6-week Online Course
including recordings of each session

Sundays, 10-11:30 am MDT
October 15 – November 26, 2023
No class November 5th
Online via Zoom

Our intention for this class is to engage the Buddha Way by studying and more fully experiencing the self. Zazen (Zen meditation) is the primary practice of realizing and expressing our inherent awakeness. Before engaging in this practice, we will explore our human ways of experiencing – how we take perspectives, and how our senses, thoughts, feelings and emotions operate. With this preparation, we will be well equipped to plumb the depths of who we are through through the practice of zazen.

INVESTMENT LEVELS: $180, $270, $360 USD

Please choose the price that works for your current financial context. For those who can pay more, all higher funds received will help create practice opportunities for participants of lower financial means.


Throughout 6 weeks in The Vital Way (Part 1), we will lay frameworks and invite experiential participation in the following key topics in Zen practice:

Week 1: What is Zen? In our first meeting, we will explore aspects of Zen – direct experience, vitality, becoming completely one with our internal and external circumstances, and attuned, compassionate functioning.

Week 2: Perspectives We will take a tour of the three fundamental perspectives of I, We, and It. By recognizing and refining our awareness of these perspectives, we will develop skill and nuance in our ability to interpret and communicate our experience and clarify our relationships with self, others, and the world.

Week 3: Senses and Thinking In the third week, we will explore how we connect with the world via seeing, hearing, touch, taste, smell, proprioception, and thought. By clarifying how our senses and thoughts operate, we will start to experience our oneness and interdependence with all of Reality.

{Week Off: Rest and Integration}

Week 4: Feeling and Emotion In this class, we will investigate the spectrum of sensation to feeling to emotion to mood to personality. We will look at ways of becoming more emotionally mature, engaging feelings and emotions as information for our choices and vital fuel for our actions. (Based on the work of Diane Musho Hamilton Roshi)

Week 5: Zazen (1) With the context provided from the first four weeks, we will establish and practice the physical posture, breathing and relaxation of zazen (“sitting zen”). We will also explore some of the obstacles to engaging a consistent sitting practice such as motivation, lack of flexibility, pain, and distraction.

Week 6: Zazen (2) Having established the physical vehicle for zazen, we will explore the artful practice of shikantaza ( “just sitting”) and the balance of simply being willing to sit still regardless of experience and the relaxed, concentrated state of samadhi (complete identification with Awareness itself.)

Additional information


180, 270, 360