Join us this Wednesday for dinner at 5:30pm followed by chanting, sitting and kong-an interviews with José… http://t.co/oOE6PEf6
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.