Actor, activist and Zen priest Peter Coyote returns to the Houston Zen Center to conduct his popular mask workshop. Zen Buddhism talks about "finding your original face before your parents were born." Explore the masks we all wear — putting them on, taking them off. Experience the playful and profound activity of the masks we know we wear, and — perhaps — the masks we don't know we wear.
Peter Coyote has appeared in more than 100 films and has narrated more than 185 documentaries and audiobooks. He is the narrator of Ken Burns' latest PBS series The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, which premiered in September and features an all-star cast. His memoir, Sleeping Where I Fall, chronicles his life during the 1960s with the San Francisco Mime Troupe and as a founding member of the Diggers, a counter-cultural group that provided food, housing and medical aid to runaways who landed in San Francisco during the Summer of Love in 1967.
Coyote began practicing at the San Francisco Zen Center in the mid-1970s. He narrated the audiobook of Shunryu Suzuki's classic Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. He was ordained as a priest in Suzuki Roshi's Soto Zen lineage in 2012.
The workshop is limited to 20 participants.
Coyote will also give a dharma talk at 9:30 a.m. that is free and open to the public.