A Day of Shikantaza
Opening to the Absolute

Date: Saturday June 15th, 2024


Online, via Zoom

Co-taught with Mark Sando Mininberg, Roshi

11am–4pm US Eastern Time

Investment: $45 Subsidized, $90 Sustaining, or $180 Supporting.

Shikantaza is a deep meditation practice that grew out of the Anapanasati (breath awareness) meditation. As taught by Stephen, there is a three-stage process to this meditation. The final stage is “opening to the vastness of the Absolute supported by grace.” We rest our direct Awareness in the spacious, unbounded qualities of the Absolute, the source of all creation and manifestation. Steeping directly, non-conceptually, in the Absolute promotes and invites kenshō, or awakening.

In this daylong, we will deeply learn this meditation practice. We will engage the meditation both individually as well as through group guided meditations. There will be ample time for questions or comments among the group.

Suitable for beginning meditators, as well as those in the intermediate and advanced groups.

Stephen Mugen Snyder (Sensei) is a senior meditation teacher in the Buddhist Theravada and Zen traditions.  He is the author of five books, including Demystifying Awakening, Buddha’s Heart, and Practicing the Jhanas. He works with students worldwide, leading online and in-person retreat in the U.S., the U.K., and Europe.

Mark Sando Mininberg (Roshi) is president of Hospital Energy and is a dharma successor of Bernie Glassman, Roshi, founder of the Zen Peacemaker’s Order and Dharma brother of Daido Loori, Roshi, founder of Zen Mountain Monastery. Mark previously studied for 20 years with Daido Roshi at ZMM and was a senior lay student.