As long as we have ideas about stars, about koans, about awakening and enlightenment, we hold ourselves apart from directly experiencing life. Though it is kind of a harsh word, in Buddhist terms that separation is called “delusion”
It seems humorous that I put my enormous earth body into a tiny outfit so I can walk down narrow streets and insert myself into even tinier ideas of that process. I can step out of that crazy costume and roam free any time I want. I don’t need anything – the rice is already cooked!
In response to the continued interest in practicing with the vows as koans since the end of our six-week investigation into the pure vows, we are going to offer two, five week, Monday night gatherings to look into the ten remaining vows. Drop-ins and first timers are welcome.
New Urban Retreat @ RMC: Hear the words outside the voice; do not seek for anything within the meaning.
Dec.21st – Individual Conversations on your Meditation Practice
with David Weinstein. Online booking for Sat. now available.
Signups for Retreat participants only – Saturday Nov.16th 2019: 15 minute conversations from 8-9:30 and […]
It is that integration with the body that allows us to experience the freedom to be unstuck and to hear the echo of the sounds of the Valley Spirit and to experience the freedom of walking in the sky with Feng po-po.
In the Tao te Ching the music of earth is said to be produced by the spontaneity of the wind. The music of heaven is the music of silence. The Dragon traverses between heaven and earth as freely as the wind and clouds it rides, not needing to ask permission or explain.
A few days ago on a meditation retreat I was walking along the path with a friend who suddenly yelled, “D, you just stepped on a snake!” I jumped back, saw a small rattlesnake coiling up into strike position