Cultivating Mindful Awareness - Transforming Depression and Anxiety | Befriending Emotions

Lee Lipp, Ph.D.

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Finding Ease: A Zen and Mindfulness Approach to Anxiety

Sunday, March 12, 2017 – 9am to 5pm

with Rev. Kanzan David Zimmerman and Paul Irving
Sponsored by San Francisco Zen Center

Rev. David Zimmerman Paul Irving

“You open a door to a dark room and you think you know what’s there, where everything is arranged, but you really don’t know until you step inside.” Bob Dylan, Chronicles, Vol. 1

Aversion to anxiety is often accompanied by reactivity and actions that worsen how we feel.  We suffer. This workshop, taught from the perspectives of Zen and Mindfulness meditation practices, is supported by the latest neuroscience and psychological research. 

Our focus for the day will be on our direct experience. We will practice uncovering the natural state of a quieted mind, slowing down enough to see what is actually happening when we describe ourselves as anxious. As we cultivate the opportunity to be with what is actually happening with awareness and clarity, we can respond to difficulties with consciousness, ease and new choices, rather than with reactivity that at times can make things worse.

This workshop is supported with guided meditations and psychotherapeutic strategies and is appropriate for those who are new to meditation and for those who are experienced meditators.  The workshop also meets the CE criteria for several health care professional designations.

Everyone is welcome.


San Francisco Zen Center - City Center
308 Page St., (near Laguna), San Francisco


$100 / $90 current SFZC members / $80 limited income.
Some partial scholarships available. (About Registration, Scholarships and Cancellations.)
Please bring a bag lunch.
*Add $30 for CEU certificate fee, to be paid at the time of registration.

Registration: or call 415-863-3136

CE credits:

7 CE credits available for MFTs, LCSWs, psychologists and nurses. The $30 fee can be paid at the time of registration. San Francisco Zen Center and the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) have teamed together to offer CE credit to MFTs, LCSWs, psychologists and nurses. SCRC offers CE credit to MFTs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (provider #PCE1851). SCRC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education activities for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for these programs and their content. SCRC also offers CE credit to nurses (California Board of Registered Nursing Provider #CEP11909). For complete information visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD, at 707-763-3576. For more information, please contact our Programming Department at [email protected].

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