In conjunction with our special exhibition, Divine Bodies, join us for...
Esther GokhalePop-up Meditation: Posture and
Saturday, Mar 31
11 AM–12 PM
Back pain? This meditative workshop led by the “Posture Guru of Silicon Valley” (New York Times), will help you find your own body’s way back to pain-free living. After experiencing crippling back pain during her first pregnancy and an unsuccessful back surgery, Esther Gokhale began her lifelong crusade to vanquish back pain. Her studies at the Aplomb Institute in Paris and years of research in Brazil, India, Portugal and elsewhere led her to develop the Gokhale Method. Her book “8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back” has sold over 150,000 copies and has been translated into 10 languages. In 2010, Gokhale hosted the nationally televised program “Back Pain: The Primal Posture Solution” (available on DVD). In 2015, NPR’s program on Gokhale’s work became the second most popular story of the year.
Pop-up Meditation: The Practice of Zazen
Saturday, April 28
Free with museum admission
Feeling stressed? An afternoon dose of meditation and tea is sure to relax your mind and body. Join us for guided seated Zen meditation led by staff from the San Francisco Zen Center, followed by a soothing cup of tea. Zafu cushions provided. All you need to bring is yourself and a clear, open mind.
Zesho Susan O’Connell is a Zen teacher with 25 years of meditation experience. She has lived at Zen Center since 1995, and was ordained as a priest in 1999 by Tenshin Reb Anderson. In June 2017, she received Dharma transmission from Tenshin Anderson. After serving in many key positions at Zen Center, she was invited to be president in 2013, and now serves as Spiritual Director of the Zen-Inspired Senior Living Community Project.
Pop-up Meditation: Body Awareness
Saturday, May 5
11 AM–12 PM
Dan Zigmond, a Zen priest and Director of Analytics at Facebook, will lead a meditation session on body awareness. Writer of “The Buddha’s Diet,” Zigmond will focus on meditation as an essential tool for mindful living. All are welcome. No experience necessary.