Begins Aug 26th – 6 Mondays 7-9pm
Recently many folks have expressed interest in the precepts and others, already familiar with them, have asked to explore the unique way we explore the precepts at PZI. For some time now, Cindy Marteney has been talking with me about the need of a forum to explore some of the traditional aspects of Zen practice. With the confluence of a number of people asking about the precepts and Cindy’s continued encouragement and input, it feels like the right time for such an undertaking and it feels right that Cindy should take a role in leading the group, a group that would not exist if not for her continued interest.
At PZI, we take up the precepts as koans, exploring the relationship between the precepts and our life as a way of becoming more intimate with who we are. Koans give us a glimpse of not trying to control outcomes, feelings or even our identity. It’s about not believing our thoughts. The radical step of not finding fault with the mind or life, as we take the role of host to all that arises. Freedom has the possibility of arising in unexpected places, even in the midst of prison.
Each precept is a gate into the empty field, where there are no categories and nothing to compare life to. A kind of radical realism that can shimmer when we meet the aliveness of all of the moments in our lives, where even when the ‘demons’ of our unskillful mind habits torment us, we have the possibility to transform and change the situation as we recognize what is arising for what it is and stop protesting against our minds.
David Weinstein and Cindy Marteney will be facilitating conversations on the first six precepts. We will spend time with each precept as a koan, much as we do in our regular gatherings. In this way, the precepts become alive in our lives and practice, not as rules, but as companions on the path of awakening.
David Weinstein & Cindy Marteney will be facilitating conversations on the first six precepts. We will spend time with each precept as a koan, much as we do in our regular gatherings. In this way, the precepts become alive in our lives and practice, not as rules, but as companions on the path of awakening.
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Suggested donation is $10 per evening for PZI members and $12 for non-members