REGULAR RMC SITTINGS THIS WEEK:
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18th, 7-9pm: Gliding Into the Waste-Bin with David Weinstein
‘Medicine and sickness are a pair difficult to separate.
When the bottom is filled with rubbish, just walk through the sludge.
Do not laugh at the snail, meandering in its own slime.’
This quote from Hongzhi reminds me that in some meditation traditions, people who practice meditation for the benefit of other people as their motivation, are likened to peacocks. It is said that the brilliant colors in the tail of the peacock’s feathers come from the fact that the peacock eats poison and transmutes it into those brilliant colors.
As yucky as snail slime might be to us, it’s what allows the snail to glide along the way it does. When my mind is filled with rubbish, that gets in the way of my experiencing the moment as it is arising, trying to get rid of that rubbish creates more rubbish.
The reference to ‘medicine and sickness’ goes back to a teacher named Yunmen, who lived more than 200 years before Hongzhi. Yunmen is noted for talking about the highest wisdom as being represented by a dried shitstick, or the flower fence around the latrine. Going to the other end of the gastrointestinal tract, he often referred to the highest wisdom as being cake or cookies. To be able to find our life in the midst of the rubbish and sludge is not to ‘make do’ with a bad situation, but to glide along like that snail.
SUNDAY, Sept. 22nd, 9:30am-12pm: Beyond Mind, Beyond ‘Buddha’ with David Longerbeam
koan: A monk asked Ma-tsu, “What is Buddha?”
Ma-tsu said, “Not mind, not Buddha.” – Case 33 of the Mumonkan
Words such as “Buddha”, “Mind”, “Tao” can be polestars in our practice, and as objects of devotion.
But does that hinder our noticing and appreciating the cool wind blowing in from the screen door and the sound of crickets?
‘summer light’ photo- c. hitchcock _______________________________________________
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Days & Times:
NEXT Saturday Conversations with David Weinstein, Roshi on your personal meditation practice. Dana gratefully accepted.
SATURDAY, Sept. 28th if you are attending the ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy – the Habit of Naming’ Urban Retreat from 9:30-5pm.
OUR SCHEDULE: RMC’s REGULAR WEEKLY PROGRAMS:
MONDAY 7-9 pm evening special groups and live streamed talks from SRCZC as listed.David will host Practice as Precepts – a 6 week monday evening group began August 26th
WEDNESDAY Evenings, 7 – 9pm, Community Night: 3rd Wednesday of every month. Next Community Night is Sept 18th and the talk will generally be recorded and live streamed on YouTube.
SATURDAY Sept. 28th 8-10:30am There is no requirement to have a conversation, and the meditation room is open from 8:00 to 10:30 for all to use. Dana gratefully accepted.
Note: Because of the number of people desiring a conversation we have changed the procedure.
If you are a member of PZI, and would like to have a conversation about your meditation practice with David Weinstein, schedule online for the next Saturday.
SUNDAYS, 9:30am – 12pm
You are welcome to arrive any time. The first meditation period begins at 9:30. If you arrive after that, put your shoes in the shoe rack in the waiting room which is to the left at the end of the entrance hallway..
Introduction to Koan Meditation – Sunday Sept 22nd from 12:30 -1pm – A free class held once every month with David Weinstein.