Stormy wind, sheets of rain, dark and drifting clouds, deep community practice. Warm thanks for everybody’s practice effort and giving hands at the October Zazenkai today. Deep gratitude to Ryotan Sensei for sharing the teaching so freely and generously! Three bows!
Settling into deep stillness and silence together, sharing potluck oryoki, experiencing the shifting light of the weather and the mind, deep teachings. Special thanks to all those who braved storm and snow and rain and other hindrances to be part of the March Zazenkai. Deep gratitude to Ryotan Sensei for his teaching!
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!
Happy Fall Equinox, everyone! Please register now via email for our day-long Harvest Zazenkai on Sept 30, with talk by and interview with Ryotan Sensei from the Village Zendo. Sign up for our electronic email list to stay up-to-date on the shared planning and decision process.