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Zazen & Council

  • 4 Vows Sangha 2727 Highland Avenue National City, CA, 91950 United States (map)

Zazen & Council


We will be hosting a half day of practice. This includes meditation from 9:00 AM till 10:40 AM. Afterwards we will do council practice. This is limited to 14 people.

What is Council Practice?

The process of Council comes from a number of Native American traditions, and has been used by many non-native people for generations to facilitate meaningful interaction. A group is gathered in a circle for a conversation about a specific topic. The opportunity to speak is given one at a time to all members of the Council, often passing a “talking piece” clockwise around the circle to identify the speaker.

A facilitator is charged with maintaining the boundaries of the circle to protect the process. Council uses four simple intentions that provide the basis for interaction in the council circle. The four basic intentions:

  1. “Listen from the heart”

  2. “Speak from the heart”

  3. “Speak spontaneously”

  4. “Speak leanly”

COUNCIL is about relationship. It is about creating an experience of bonding, empathy, teamwork, trust, rapport, fellowship, community, and ultimately love.

Earlier Event: January 25
4 Vows North County Zen Circle
Later Event: January 28
Zen Monday Nights