René Barownick

What I teach at ŌHIA:
Meditation

Teaching style:
I trained in Zen Buddhism, and I’m interested in an ethically grounded spirituality that is relevant and accessible for contemporary, urban people. In my sessions, we’ll explore how the practice of meditation can support our relationships, our work lives and the greater good.

Qualifications:
2 years living, studying and practicing at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Trained in Soto and Rinzai Zen meditation. 7 years of retreats and training in Japan, the UK and the US.

Life wisdom:
Strong back, soft front (Roshi Joan Halifax)

Favourite book:
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

“T‘he first time I stayed in the Mojave desert, I was in a cabin in Wonder Valley, the work of a conceptual artist, Andrea Zittel, surrounded by meth cooks and hippies. I barely made it through the second day. I was sitting there, looking at this landscape that could have been the moon, and all the things I had been running away from came at me.

It took all my willpower to not run again, to the godforsaken bar a few miles away. The best I could do was to sit down, naked, and paint the sky with gouache and sand.