Bonnie Myotai Treace, Sensei
Ever feel like you’re in some way just going through the motions of your one precious life? Join Bonnie Myotai Treace, Sensei, in this series of workshops exploring the essence of Zen. Known as a joyful yet serious and direct teacher, Myotai Sensei will open this new series at UPHI for those new to Zen as well her long-time students. Sensei: "Zen is not about tips, tools and strategies: it is about realizing directly and intimately who we are and the nature of things. And living our lives out of that realization. It is a reflective and meditative practice that brings us back to a vital, centered life that has real integrity. That’s why it’s relevant, and why it doesn’t contradict any belief system. It will, however, require dropping whatever baggage we’re carrying, masks we’re wearing, and committing ourselves. About time, don’t you think?"
Workshops are held Saturdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Donations of $10-$50 requested from those able to make an offering to help support the teachings and provide possibilities for those who cannot otherwise attend. Please call to register, 212-568-6700 ext. 226.
Bonnie Myotai Treace, Sensei founded the Hermitage Heart and the Bodies of Water Society. Sensei was for almost two decades Vice-Abbess of Zen Mountain Monastery, one of the largest Zen monasteries the West. She also established the Zen Center of New York City, and served as its first Abbess. Over the years she has led over 500 retreats, conferences, and workshops and is particularly known for her work in women's spirituality, poetry (Snapshot Poetics, with Allen Ginsberg; Writer's Island) interfaith work and environmental advocacy. Sensei's teaching now focuses on water and personal (hermitage -style) meditation practices that foster resilience and clarity. She has advanced degrees in literature and hydromechanics. Her most recent published works include Zen Moon: A Season of Zen Teachings (Hermitage Heart Publications), and a chapter in Hidden Lamp: Stories from 25 Centuries of Awakened Women (Wisdom Publications).