Who screams? http://t.co/EXLaqPA4
Precepts ceremony at PZC! http://t.co/v8GPAnHJ
Cutting the cake. Thank you Zen Master Seung Sahn! http://t.co/ylTrReg8
Dharma School Children show off their new garden sign! http://t.co/a3YF9FBQ
Whole lot of cooking going on! http://t.co/Pj3Xlh6E
Join all or parts of Founder’s Day this weekend!! http://t.co/hGcpA2lC
Getting ready for Sangha Weekend! http://t.co/981DuMPH
Here is a great blog post about sitting a week of Kyol Che from Kwan Um School of Zen member Mike Bruffee. Click here to head over to his blog to read the whole article:
“Even five years ago, if you told me I would be spending a week doing this, I would have laughed in your face…But it was a great place to hang out for a week. How often do we close our mouths and let the world speak for a change?”
There are a million different types of meditation techniques and they’re all the same. Once, Zen Master Seung Sahn said, when sitting meditation “you can say Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola….doesn’t matter.”
When we teach meditation to someone new to our school, we teach them to breath-in and say to themselves “clear mind, clear mind, clear mind…don’t know.” The reason why we give this phrase is to reminds us of how to practice and why we practice. “Clear mind” points to how we keep our mind right now in this moment. What do you hear right now? What do you see right now? What do you perceive right now in this very moment? “Don’t know” points to the direction of our practice. Why do we practice? Is it for a good feeling? Do we want to get some kind of experience? Is it to return to our true self? What am I? Don’t know……..
Whatever technique we use, it is important to not fight our thinking. Meditation doesn’t mean just think about whatever we want. It also doesn’t mean cut off all of our thinking. Don’t push it away and don’t hold on to it. When you’re doing any kind of meditation technique, naturally thinking will appear. That’s fine, that’s correct. But when it appears, just perceive it and gently come back to your breath, to what you see, what you hear. Come back to just this very moment.
Senior Dharma Teacher Jason Quinn grew up in California and started practicing with the Dharma Sound Zen Center in Seattle in 1997. In 1999, he moved to Providence Zen Center, to do monastic training. After nine years at Providence Zen Center, Jason relocated to Empty Gate Zen Center, returned to lay life, and took on the position of abbot. Tonight Jason returns to PZC to serve as our Abbot. In this video, Jason shares some meditation techniques during a Foundations of Zen Workshop. This is similar to the meditation instruction you can expect when you visit any Kwan Um Zen Center.
Traditionally, in China and Korea, only monks did Zen practice. But Zen has come to the West and here lay people practice Zen besides monks and nuns. This has changed the character of Zen. Now our teaching is about Zen in everyday life. Sitting Zen all the time is not possible for lay people. Everyday-life Zen means learning mind-sitting. Mind-sitting means not-moving mind. How do you keep not-moving mind? Put down your opinion, condition and situation moment-to-moment. When you are doing something, just do it. This is everyday Zen. Sitting meditation is a particular kind of meditation, unique to Zen, that functions centrally as the very heart of the practice.
For lay people, the teaching of great love, great compassion and the Great Bodhisattva Way is very important. To attain that, it is necessary to keep a not-moving mind, then correct situation, correct function, and correct relationship appear by themselves in everyday life.