Upcoming Event

Online with Mugaku Sensei: Your Brain on Zen - The Science of Meditation

Michael Mugaku Zimmerman Sensei


Spring-Summer ONLINE Class Series: May 10 - August 9, 2018
Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:15 pm, 12 classes
Telecourse via the Zoom Conference Platform

Join Michael Mugaku Zimmerman Sensei for twelve weeks of Zen study and inquiry in an online class via the Zoom conference platform.

The Spring-Summer 2018 class series will focus on mindfulness and Zen meditation as informed by the disciplines of modern neuroscience, genetics, anthropology, and clinical psychology. based on reading and guided meditations from "Siddhartha's Brain: Unlocking the Ancient Science of Enlightenment" by James Kingsland.

In twelve online class sessions with Mugaku Sensei you will engage:

  • A rich dive into the science and the experience of meditation, guided by Michael Mugaku Zimmerman, a transmitted Zen Teacher.
  • Active text-based inquiry with Mugaku Sensei and your fellow practitioners.
  • Personal guidance to support and strengthen your daily meditation practice.
  • The experience of a virtual sangha -- a committed community of practice meeting via an online video platform.

Those with a new curiosity about Zen practice are welcome. Experienced practitioners will be enlivened by this opportunity to go deeper into new aspects of their practice.

ONLINE with Mugaku Sensei:
Your Brain on Zen: The Science of Meditation will meet in 12 classes,
May 10 - August 9, 2018
No class meetings on July 5 & July 31

Class Series Starts Tuesday, May 10

Bodhisattva Circle Level Members: $90
Full Quiver & Two Arrows Level Members: $180
Non-members: $240

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Work-trade and student rates, please inquire admin(at)twoarrowszen.org.


"A fascinating exploration of the neuroscience behind meditation. Kingsland skillfully dives in and out of various subjects -- the neurological relaxation response to meditation, the difference between pain and suffering, emotional regulation -- and effectively paints a neurological picture of the mind without devaluing Buddhism's spiritual image of cognition." -- Publishers Weekly

"Reveals not only how mindfulness meditation can re-wire the human brain and help achieve a sense of spiritual fulfillment, but also how we can easily integrate the practice into our daily lives."
-- Scientific American

Class Schedule & Readings

May 10, Week 1: Introduction, Chapter 1 pp. 1-39
May 17, Week 2: Chapter 2 & 3 pp. 40-73
May 24, Week 3: Chapter 4 pp. 74-95
May 31, Week 4: Chapter 5 pp. 96-120
June 7, Week 5: Chapter 6 pp. 121-143
June 21, Week 6: Chapter 7 pp. 144-166
June 14, Week 7: Chapter 8 pp. 167-194
June 28, Week 8: Chapter 9 pp.195-216
July 5, NO CLASS
July 12, Week 9: Chapter 10 pp. 217-239
July 19, Week 10: Chapter 11 pp. 240-273
July 26, Week 11: Chapter 12 pp. 274-298
August 2, NO CLASS
August 9, Week 12: Review and Close