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.
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.