Sweetcake Enso Exhibit and Panel Discussion reveals our
devotion to expression as dharma. Please do support our dedication to the arts and artists in our community and in local Buddhist Sanghas: Don’t miss this Saturday at The Zendo! https://villagezendo.org/2010/11/sweetcake_enso/
The longer I practice,
the more I realize that the WAY
we arrange our bodies is the WAY
we arrange our minds.
They are not-two.
Find the sweet spot and your zazen
will be active, alive and tzu-chan.
Jo-An’s skill will amaze you. Recently he corrected my posture and immediately I felt the difference in presence and breath. Whether you are in a chair, a bench or a cushion, Jo-An can adjust, and modify your position so that you can sit with ease and clarity.
His workshop this Sunday afternoon will change your practice, please be there.
bows, with head upright and knees down,
Contemplative Care Retreat at Garrison: Five Reflections
The sun casts a rosy glow on the snow here as we prepare a
four-day retreat for Chaplaincy Students. We’ll reflect on these facts:
1. I am of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape
2. I am of the nature to have ill health. There is no way to
escape having ill health.
3. I am of the nature to die. There is no way to escape
4. All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the
nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from them.
5. My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape
the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand.
– from the Upajjhatthana Sutta
My Birthday Poem:
Born during a world war,
Then the Korean Conflict
Grew up during the –˜good’ times,
Colonialism in the Americas, Africa, Asia,
Racism at home.
We thought we’d change it all,
And we did do a lot.
Civil Rights, peace activism, ecology.
Now, I look at this angry country,
At this sick earth, and I wonder,
Is it that we are more sensitive?
Or growing more stupid?