Zendo packed up and ready to go on retreat – are you?
I am pleased to announce that our shuso, the practice leader for the Winter 2011 Ango is Seicho (Judy Fleischman). As you may recall, ango means peaceful dwelling, and it is my hope that all of the sangha do encounter our own peaceful dwellings in our hearts and minds. To that end, I encourage you to attend the retreats we have scheduled for ango, to work with the commitment form Seicho has devised, to study the text, Shodoka, and to enter wholeheartedly into this time of invigorated practice.
The ango, which began on December 26th 2010, flows on into March 27 2011. This is the traditional length of an ango, and gives us all time to settle into a deep winter practice.
Check in with yourself and do try to attend the retreats. These include Urban Sesshin in March along with monthly all-day retreats called Zazenkais. Ango is a time of introspection, clarity, and resolve. Sitting together, walking, taking time to rest, to listen to our own nature –“ this is our practice of restoring and recentering.
Shuso’s letter, the Ango commitment form, and the study text can be found on our Ango Information Page.
Please make your practice a reality, come back to your self, join the ango!
During the recent Four Vows Workshop, we were all stunned by the many possibilities for translation, interpretation, creation of the vows for each one of us. We thought it would be interesting to use this blog as part of a reconsideration of the wording of our vows. You can find a character-by-character guide on our downloads page https://villagezendo.org/downloads/.
Senitent Beings are numberless, I vow to save them.
What about this? What are sentient beings to you? who vows? what is it to save?
Desires are inexhaustible, I vow to put an end to them
Is ‘desire’ the best word here? How to put an end to them?
The dharmas are boundless, I vow to master them.
What ‘dharmas’ are these? And what is ‘master’ them?
The Buddha Way is unattainable, I vow to attain it.
Is this about ‘attain’?
Let’s hear what you think and how you might express it.