Our Topic Classes

All Rivers Zen Topic Classes are conducted via Zoom. Each class is an ongoing weekly exploration of the topic listed. They aren't just straight lectures but rather interactive sessions where I teach and discuss and make use of many different stories and teachings from Zen literature to illustrate the points we work together on. It's casual and I don't wear my Monk's robes or use unnecessary Buddhist words. 

The Four Noble Truths

The Buddha's entire focus was on solving the universal human problem of suffering, discontent and unhappiness. This Topic Class on the Four Noble Truths will get you started on understanding these problems and their causes and what to do next after recognizing them.  Click here to sign up...

Impermanence

Impermanence is one of the cardinal principles of Buddhism. It's often thought of in negative terms. A thorough examination of impermanence reveals another side that is very important and liberating. Click here to sign up...

Interdependence

We all know that everything is connected, but how? And more importantly, how deeply and thoroughly are things connected? How long is our reach and what effect can we really have in the world? Explore your real connection to the world in this Topic Class. Click here to sign up...

The Noble Eight Fold Path

The Buddha laid out 8 different areas of concern to guide people step by step.  We'll go through each one and discuss them thoroughly. You'll see how to easily apply them in your own regular life and relationships at home, at work and in the community. Click here to sign up...

Dependent Arising

How is the world put together? Why is it important to see this? In this class we'll find out why Dependent Arising is fundamental to understanding life and developing a new appreciation for our amazing world and our place in it. Click here to sign up...

The Dual and the Non-Dual 

This is both the most important and the most difficult concept to grasp, mainly because it's fundamentally ungraspable by our ordinary thinking mind. This is the area of Zen that people misunderstand as mystical or spiritual. It's not. It's a view of the world as real as it gets. Click here to sign up...