To kick off National Poetry Month (April), the neighborhood Zen Buddhist temple is offering two events: a day-long workshop and a movie.

Braided Light: Exploring Poetry as Spiritual Practice – In this spirited, playful, supportive workshop we’ll explore Japanese poetic forms, such as haibun, haiku, renga, and senryu in the morning and delve into sacred poetry from different world traditions in the afternoon.

You don’t need any experience to participate and the way the exercises are structured is not scary or intimidating. We will introduce the forms – and most importantly play with them – exploring the intersections of prayer, practice, spiritual insight, and expression in a gentle, creative, and safe container.

$20 suggested donation includes delicious vegetarian/vegan lunch. Registration is helpful; it lets the cook know how much lunch to prepare. No one turned away for lack of funds. Drop-ins welcome. For more information or to register, please click here.

Saturday, March 30th, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple, 6401 NE 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97211.

Dharma Entertainment Night: “Poetry” – Come for the dharma-themed movie and stay for discussion—free!

A woman in her 60s with early Alzheimer’s learns that her grandson was one of the attackers of a junior high school girl that committed suicide. Through all of this, and to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a poet, she takes a poetry class and starts writing.

Winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, this is Lee Chang-dong’s masterful study of the subtle empowerment—and moral compass—of a woman that refuses to give up on life. Not rated; subtitles.

FREE – no registration necessary; all are welcome.

Friday, April 5th, 7:00 p.m. at Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple, 6401 NE 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97211.

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