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Bowing to Lotuses Blooming in the Mud: Gratitude as an Agent for Change

January 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Institute of Buddhist Studies is pleased to co-host the inaugural event of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association’s series, Celebrating the Voices of Women in Buddhism, a monthly speaker’s series. Dr. Paula Arai will kick of the series at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley, CA on January 14th.

Embark on a transformative journey in this hybrid workshop, rooted in the essence of Soto Zen Buddhism. Join Dr. Paula Arai, as she gracefully demonstrates a sacred gratitude ritual that can generate positive change. The workshop attendees will learn a profound Soto Zen gratitude ritual; participate in enriching group activities to share insights and experiences; and receive personal feedback and guidance from Dr. Arai. Together, let’s uncover the power of gratitude in a supportive community.

The event will take place in a hybrid format, which means it will have both in-person gatherings at a specific physical location, as well as an online component that can be accessed via Zoom.  The purpose of this arrangement is to serve the diverse preferences and needs of attendees.


Sunday, January 14, 2024
10 am – 4 pm Pacific Time

  • 10 am – noon: Introduction and talk by Dr. Paula Arai: Bowing to Lotuses Blossoming in the Mud: Gratitude as Agent for Change
  • noon – 1 pm: Lunch offered for on-site participants, lunch break for online participants
  • 1 pm – 4 pm: Gratitude ritual, ritual activities and small group discussion, large group discussion

2140 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704 and on Zoom

Accommodations are available on-site for those who would like to spend the night before or after the workshop. Please contact programs@szba.org for more information.

More information and register here. 


January 14
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS)
2140 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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