The Illuminated Journal: A Zen Arts Workshop on the Art of Noticing

June 12, 2020 @ 7:00PM — June 13, 2020 @ 4:00PM

Drawing on the awareness and stillness cultivated in zazen (meditation) practice and the teachings of a seminal sutra in the Zen Tradition: the Heart Sutra, we will oopen our body-mind to the blank page.

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Full workshop on Friday and Saturday. Includes the cost of Saturday lunch and all materials

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The Illuminated Journal
A Zen Arts Workshop on the Art of Noticing
with Sensei Jody Hojin Kimmel

Friday, June 12 | 6pm - 8pm
Saturday, June 13 | 9am - 4pm
Workshop $150 *includes Saturday lunch and most materials

“The journal is like a deep desk, a place to put anything and everything, without forcing it into elaborate order.”
-Virginia Woolf

Journaling may be thought of as an expressive form of journey. It is the art of noticing and live recording. Through the pages we can learn to read the body language of the world and gain clarity into how we perceive ourselves and how we see things.

The kind of journal we will begin is an all-inclusive one—one that allows for actual and imagined inner and outer places and spaces. A place to deposit strong emotions, pools of color, poems, lists for shopping, drawings of plants, cloud patterns, or excerpts of dialogue among friends and strangers. The juxtaposition of such apparently unrelated parts of our life may seem strange at first, but if we can just allow the expression to be wild and free as it is, the journal has a way of revealing unexpected connections. It is, after all, our whole life.

In this two day workshop we will draw on the awareness and stillness cultivated in zazen (meditation) practice and the teachings of a seminal sutra in the Zen Tradition: the Heart Sutra to open our body-mind to the blank page. The circle will be ever widening from this point. Spontaneous changes, mark making and discovery are endless.

We’ll have a blank journal and pen for each person and other supplies to share.

Please bring what is available in your home: a few favorite pens, pencils or mark making tools, scissors and a small glue stick or elmers glue.

About Sensei Jody Hojin Kimmel
A Zen teacher and priest, Jody Hojin Kimmel, received transmission of the Precepts from Daido Roshi, who began the process in 2009, and from Shugen Roshi, who completed the transmission in 2012. In 2017, she received full dharma transmission from Shugen Roshi. She currently serves as MRO Director of Training and co-Director of the Zen Center of NYC. Before entering the Monastery in 1990, Hojin Sensei studied fine art and trained under legendary ceramicist Toshiba Takaezu, and studied kiln building and wood firing in an Anagama with artist, Katsuyuki Sakazume. Over the years she has taught drawing, ceramics, and painting, and continues to teach on the creative process within the Mountains and Rivers Order.