The Spirit of Zen
A Workshop and Community Gathering led by Roshi Lawson Sachter
Co-hosted by the Clear Water Zen Center and Windhorse Zen Community
Saturday, February 20th, 2016
10:00am to 3:00pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Clearwater
Authentic Zen training is not easy, but we’re not living in easy times. Zen teaches
that we can make a real difference – and that through changing our own hearts
and minds, we change the lives of others.
This workshop will not only offer an introduction to traditional mindfulness,
compassion, and inquiry-based practices, but it will also explore the ways these
practices can relate both practically and psycho-dynamically to our lives. It will
give participants a chance to discover what the Clear Water Zen Center has to
offer; to meet our local teacher, Ken Rosen; and to talk with some of the like-
minded people that form its community.
We hope you can join us!
Roshi Lawson Sachter is the Spiritual Director of the Clear Water Zen Center and co-abbot of Windhorse Zen Community located in Asheville, N.C. He is Zen priest, sanctioned Zen teacher, and licensed psychotherapist with over 45 years of dharma training. More information on our lineage can be found here
Please note, because space is limited (and because lunch will be offered) we are asking people to pre-register. The suggested donation is $10 to $20, (more if possible, students and seniors less), but also, please register and join us even if you can’t help out financially. Walk-ins will be welcome if space is available.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Clearwater
2470 Nursery Rd.
The UU Church is located on Nursery Rd. between US Highway 19 and Belcher Rd.
The Workshop itself will be held in the “Social Hall” (just follow the signs)
Ample parking is available; tea, coffee, and a light vegetarian lunch will be provided.
Also, we can provide a limited number of meditation cushions, but please bring your own if you have them. Chairs will also be available. We recommend wearing comfortable, loose fitting clothing (nothing too wild please).
Please feel free to contact the center with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Note: Participants who register for this workshop will also be invited to join us the following day for our regular Sunday morning program, (again, on a space-available basis). This program includes meditation, chanting, and a teisho (a formal Dharma talk by Lawson), and will be followed by a vegetarian potluck.
Zen, the Essential Practice
The Japanese word “Zen” derives from the Sanskrit term “dhyana”, which refers to non-dualistic, meditative absorption. Zazen, or silent Zen meditation, is the essential practice of Zen. By helping to free the mind of all thoughts and images, this practice allows our innate wisdom and compassion —our own “buddha-nature”—to come up to consciousness, so that we can awaken to it and actually live the wholeness and perfection that is our birthright.
The truth to which Zen points lies far beyond words and concepts; although the teachings of Buddhism are vast and deep, it is actual Dharma practice that brings about transformation. Zen practice challenges our most cherished assumptions and leads to direct experience of our own inherent freedom.
Located in Clearwater, Florida, our sangha was founded in the 1980's by Ken Rosen. Our teacher, Sensei Lawson Sachter studied Zen Buddhism for many years under Roshi Philip Kapleau at the Rochester Zen Center. He and his wife Sunya Kjolhede, both Dharma heirs of Roshi Kapleau, co-direct Windhorse Zen Community, located near Asheville, North Carolina. Lawson visits and conducts retreats at the Center in Clearwater several times a year.
The practice of our sangha follows the traditions and teachings of Roshi Philip Kapleau (1912-2004), whose book The Three Pillars of Zen was instrumental in introducing Zen Buddhism to the West.
More About Us...
The Clear Water Zen Center is open Sunday at 9:30 AM, for three 35-minute rounds of zazen meditation with a short period of walking meditation (kinhin) between each sitting. Please arrive at least a few minutes early, as we begin promptly at 9:30 AM.
If this is your first visit please come at least 15 minutes early so that we can show you around.
See our schedule
for Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday meditation, workshops, retreats and other events.
The zendo, or meditation room, is furnished with sitting cushions and chairs. Clothing should be comfortable, modest, and plain.
Everyone is welcome to stay after meditation for tea and an informal Sangha gathering.