Jun. 13, 2010 - Posted by Joshin in: Events - 17 Comments
I’ve often wondered whether summer ango would have flourished to the same extent in the Buddha’s time if the monsoon rains didn’t exist. It was a perfect time, with not too many competing distractions, to sit. The sound of the rain rhythmically pelting down would have been an invitation, in itself, to ‘peaceful dwelling,’ or at least to keeping everyone together under one roof. Of course, the folks at the Grail for summer ango don’t need monsoon rains – they have the container provided by Roshi, a round-the-clock schedule, and the commitment to being in residential practice.
So the question has come up as to what ango in the city should look like. (Thank you Neil Soten for keeping us on our toes!) How we can support each other, using all the ingredients of our life as we juggle our various roles and schedules, to still experience ‘peaceful dwelling?’
Various contributions have been made to the conversation so far, thanks to Marie and MyoGetsu: increase the numbers of zazenkai; hold horizontal practice circles (no teacher) to discuss the ango study text; replace dharma talks (Thurs?) with study/discussion groups.
We’d like to hear from those of you who are going to be around for some or all of the ango period which goes from end of July 21 to August 22. What would be supportive of practice for you? What would you be willing to commit to? What are your thoughts on this topic? We can use this space to see how much of a groundswell of interest there is, and if so, create our own monsoon rains. One caveat, your suggestion should be for something you could commit to for the period of ango and not just once or twice.