The Village Zendo’s annual Winter Retreat has always held special significance as we conclude one year and welcome the next. This year, the invitation to a deeper letting go is all the more urgent when it is clear that big changes are in store for us. More information here.
Oxbow Zen Sangha Meeting — Sunday, January 10th, 9:30 am – 11:00 am,
Today, we enjoyed a wonderful sit with seven people in our new Zendo at the Friends Meeting House, including an opportunity for private interview with Soshin Hoshi. Settling in…
Note the change in date for the next Study: It will take place on December 15, for about 1.5 hours after the boring sit. We will focus on the great teacher Linji/Rinzai (Chapter 6 of the book “Making Zen Your Own” by Janet Abels).
You are warmly invited to participate. You don’t have to have participated in any of the prior study meetings. Just read and reflect on the chapter before the meeting, exploring its relationship to your own Zen Life today.
Our current Sunday morning lease at the Upstairs Studio completes at the end of the month. Next Sunday, May 27, marks—for now—the last Oxbow Zen sit at the Upstairs Studio. Come June the Sunday sit will move to Magna House.
The Upstairs Studio has been the home of our Sunday morning sit for a number of years. On May 27 we’ll be setting aside some time for sitting in a Council Circle: speaking and listening together from the heart, as this particular outer form of the sitting location changes. Please consider participating, perhaps sharing brief appreciation, anecdotes, feelings, silence, questions, wonderings, …, as each arises in the moment.
At the Sep 30 Zazenkai, Ryotan Sensei invoked Ryokan’s poem
Maple leaf Falling down Showing front Showing back
as an invitation to look deeply into this mind.
Three full bows in gratitude to Ryotan Sensei for making the trip to share the teaching with the Oxbow Zen Sangha!
And, as always, many thanks to the many hands that create and maintain the container in which we can settle deeply into whole-hearted practice. Very special thanks to Shokai and Mark for their hospitality!
The Village Zendo Shuso Sesshin takes place from Aug 15-22 2017. Once again videos of the Dharma Talks will be publicly available through Facebook at facebook.com/VillageZendo/ Watch them live or watch them later!