Listen. Are you breathing just a little and calling it a life? ~ 30 Days of Engaged Zen ~ Sunday, September 9 – Sunday, October 7
Do you want to practice Zen with consistency and depth? Here’s a way to do just that - make a commitment to practice for 30 days, together with Tetsugan, Dosho, and others in the NZC community. This mini-practice period will have the following required elements:
Participate in expanded Sunday practice sessions on September 9th, 16th, 23rd, and October 7th from 7:30am - 11:30am. These sessions will include zazen, caretaking, and dharma study (see below for more details).
Participate in the Tuesday evening sessions on September 11th, 18th, 26th, and October 2nd from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. These sessions will include zazen, individual interviews with one of the teachers, and a study session. See below for more about the study topic.
Make a commitment to at least thirty-five minutes of daily zazen five-of-seven days each week.
Be prepared for each session by studying the relevant sections in the text for both Tuesdays and Sundays: The Undying Lamp of Zen: The Testament of Zen Master Torei(trs., Thomas Cleary). The Sunday sessions will focus on Chapter 2: Faith and Practice. Tuesday sessions will focus on the Appendix: On Practice, and Chapter 3: Visionary States, exploring the questions, “What is right mindfulness?” and “What is right meditation?”
September three-day sesshin Thursday, 9/27 – Sunday, 9/30
Fee includes Sunday and Tuesday classes and the sesshin. Standard rate $265; Sustaining Members $235; Supporting Members $200.
**If you are interested in attending the practice period, first contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and request an application. Then, complete and submit the application. After you have been notified that your application has been reviewed and accepted, make your payment by the registration deadline.**
Registration deadline: 5:00pm, Wednesday, September 5th.
“Listen. Are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?” is from Mary Oliver's poem, Have You Ever Tried to Enter the Long Black Branches? Below is an excerpt:
To sit down, like a weed among weeds, and rustle in the wind! Listen, are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life? While the soul, after all, is only a window,
and the opening of the window no more difficult than the wakening from a little sleep. Only last week I went out among the thorns and said to the wild roses: deny me not, but suffer my devotion. Then, all afternoon, I sat among them. Maybe I even heard a curl or tow of music, damp and rouge red, hurrying from their stubby buds, from their delicate watery bodies. For how long will you continue to listen to those dark shouters, caution and prudence? Fall in! Fall in!