Experience Zazen and mindfulness practices led by Sangha member Seijo Jean-Jacques Joris at Twin Oaks Farm, from 2:00-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 5th. The event will begin with a 45-minute period of Zazen in the property’s meditation hall, followed by several mindfulness exercises involving the horses and other animals on this beautiful therapy and training farm. The event will run till approximately 4:30. There is no fee but donations will be accepted. RSVP to Jean-Jacques at jeanjacquesjoris@gmail.com so we can collect a head-count, and also feel free to contact him with questions.

Why mindfulness with horses? “Put simply, horses read and react to the conscious and unconscious signals that we send. For this reason, interaction with horses may allow us to develop awareness of our unconscious communication with the outside world – unconscious messages that we constantly send, which shape our environment’s response to us.”

Seigen Amy Robertson, an experienced student of Zentatsu Baker Roshi, will offer an informal introduction to Zen practice at 9:00 a.m., at the Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast, 2151 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder. Just come in the front door and ask any of the Briar Rose staff to help you find the zendo (meditation room). The session will last until 10:30 or 11:00 a.m., depending on the group, and how many questions people bring. This event will provide an introduction to Zen practice and ritual, and provide plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions. The event is free and open to everyone – donations to the Boulder Zen Center will be accepted. Please contact Amy via email (amy.robertson ‘at’ comcast.net) if you have any questions.