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Heart Sutra Workshop

February 11 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm PST

A Daylong Retreat with Michael Owens

The Heart Sutra is by far the most widely used Buddhist text in the world today. It is chanted daily and nightly by monastics and lay devotees throughout China, Korea, Vietnam, Japan and Tibet, and by many Buddhists in America. A short text, less than a page long, the Heart Sutra is praised for being the most expedient expression of the Buddha’s highest teachings, yet its origins are as mysterious as its meaning. This workshop is an in-depth journey into the heart of the Heart Sutra.

The day will include:

– A dynamic visual presentation that illuminates the history and philosophy of the Heart Sutra, with extraordinary tales about its discovery.

– A deep dive into the many layers of meaning contained within the sutra.  

– A look at multiple versions and translations of the Heart Sutra with the goal of creating our own unique translation.      

Also included in the class is a simple introduction to the Chinese language and a beginner’s lesson in Buddhist calligraphy.


Open to all.


Cost: $45-85 sliding scale, plus dana (donation) to support the teacher. Scholarships are available. No one turned away for lack of funds.


Michael Owens is a Buddhist teacher, translator, and author. He has been leading meditations and giving dharma talks for over 15 years. His unique teaching style incorporates humor and storytelling that weaves traditional Buddhist texts, legends and parables with modern scholarly research. He holds an MA in Buddhist Studies and has lectured at colleges and universities throughout the United States. In 2006 Michael co-authored translations and wrote essays on two Chinese Buddhist sutras and he founded the Red Lotus Society – an educational non-profit organization that promoted meditation as an inter-faith practice. Since 2007 he has been a guest teacher for Dharma Punx and Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, LA. He now leads a Buddhist Studies group at Against the Stream, San Francisco (1st and 3rd Sunday of each month).




February 11
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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