(photo of Ben Connelly)

Dharma Talk with Ben Connelly

Author of Inside the Grass Hut

Monday, September 29, 2014
7:45 PM, following 7:10 PM zazen sitting

About Ben Connelly's Inside the Grass Hut: Shitou Xiqian's "Song of the Grass Hut" is a remarkably accessible work of profound depth. In thirty-two lines, Shitou expresses the breadth of the entire Buddhist tradition with simple, vivid imagery. Connelly's unpacks the timeless poem and applies it to contemporary life. This book delivers a wealth of information on the context and content of this eighth-century work, as well as directly evokes the poem's themes of simple living, calm, and a deep sense of connection to all things.

Ben Connelly is a Soto Zen priest in the Katagiri lineage training with Tim Burkett at the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center. Connelly began teaching at MZMC in 2005, was ordained in 2009, was made shuso in 2012. He is also a professional musician and leads meditation/backpacking retreats in Montana. He lives in Minneapolis.

Ancient Dragon Zen Gate, 1922 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago