Yvonne Rand: "Zen and the Art of Choosing your Words"
Yvonne Rand will talk about focusing on the language we use as a way of studying and eventually training the mind. For some, this focus works because one can see the possibility of changing what leads to suffering quite quickly. And eventually, one can develop a capacity for patience for the changes that take a longer time to come about.
Yvonne Rand is a meditation teacher and lay householder priest in the Sōtō Zen Buddhist tradition. She began her practice and study of Zen with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi in 1966. Her other principal teachers and mentors have been Dainin Katagiri Roshi, Maureen Stuart Roshi, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Venerable Tara Tulku, and Shodo Harada Roshi. Her primary practice path is Zen, augmented by practices and teachings from the traditions of Theravāda and Vajrayāna. Rand incorporates insights from the psychotherapy traditions in her teaching. She also investigates the relevance of the arts and gardening for training the mind.