Winter-Spring 2020 Practice Period

The Teaching on Loving Kindness

Metta Sutta

How does this ancient teaching apply to contemporary social issues?

March 6 - May 3

This is what should be accomplished by the one who is wise, who seeks the good and has obtained peace. Let one be strenuous, upright and sincere, without pride, easily contented and joyous …

- Metta Sutta

This is what ought to be done by one skilled in the good. Having understood the path to peace
Able, straight forward and straight up, polite, they should be mild and not arrogant…

- Metta Sutta (a different translation by Jayarava)


This class will meet 11:30-1:00 on each of these days:  Please note: due to the current health mandate, Sundays March 29 and April 5 are virtual classes. The format is a bit different: Class from 11:30 to 12, then study buddies with a particular assignment 12-12:30, then return to class 12:30 to 1:00. Join these classes from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

AZG virtual activities begin March 27 and you can find all of them here.

  • March 8--In advance please read the Forward of Zenju Earthlyn Manuel’s book, The Way of Tenderness, on reserve in the library.     
  • March 29--In advance of class please get together in groups of two or three and read aloud Chapter 1 of The Way of Tenderness.                   
  • April 5--In advance of class, please get together in your small groups and read aloud Chapter 2 of The Way of Tenderness.
  • April 25                
  • May 3

*Yes, you can attend classes even if you are not committed to the full Practice Period.

Study Materials

Study material for this Practice Period will include references to:

Recommended text:

The Way of Tenderness, Awakening Through Race, Sexuality and Gender,  Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Wisdom Publications, 2015






We will also draw from: Awakening Together, the Spiritual Practice of Inclusively and Community, Larry Yang, Wisdom Publications, 2017

Dates to Note--Please see Online Schedule for Current Events

March 6 & 7 – Open Practice Period Sesshin

March 8, 29 – classes

March 9, 24 – Precepts renewal ceremonies

March 28 – work day

April 4 – hike

April 5, 26, May 3 – classes

April 5 – Buddha’s birthday

April 7, 22  – Precepts renewal ceremonies

April 25 – half day sit and work period

May 1 & 2 – Family-friendly sesshin

May 3 – Maylie memorial & close Practice Period

Study Intensive Commitment

Study Intensive information and Commitment Forms for participating in the full Study Intensive are available in the zendo and at Trillium on Sundays. Give your completed Commitment Form to Gene.



Registration is required for class attendance. Fees are $5.00 to $15.00 per class sliding scale and scholarships are available. Place registration forms in the envelope in the zendo or at Trillium on Sundays.