It is March, the month that brings us spring, and yet right now, it still feels like the world is shrouded in darkness and winter.
There was a recent thread in the Village Zendo community email list on groups.IO that addressed the following theme: “What supports you in times of suffering?” The question—posed by a Sangha member in need—was an earnest and intimate one, as were the myriad reactions from other Sangha members (see below for a selection of these). People responded with their own personal experiences of suffering; they responded with poems, and with links to music and movies and Dharma Talks; they responded with their hearts. All of which was a clear reminder that in times of suffering, we can always count on the Sangha itself to support us—all of us there for one other when we need it most.
Wishes do come true! After the last Path of Koan class, we wanted more koan study with Roshis Enkyo and Joshin, and here it is! Not Knowing, The Path Of Koan begins Sunday, February 20 and will meet monthly through July 24. Read all about it it below.
Next—more good news about the new space! Myoko Sensei has given us a lively progress report on the setting-up process, assuring us that it is “in various states of swing.” It is so exciting to hear what is being done, and the part so many Sangha members are playing in bringing this new space to life for us.
So much going on, as we leave our old space and prepare our new—trusting the magic of beginnings, as Meister Eckhart put it.
By mid-month we should be fairly well settled in our new home, thanks to the dedicated work of preparation by so many. Joshin Roshi, Myoko Sensei, and Tokuyu Hoshi have organized the re-settling, and right now Kojin, Ryoshin, Mukan, Musho and Shugo are working on the tech/security aspects that will enable the Zendo activities to be shared virtually.
Right now, the online Zendo has resumed, continuing with our regular schedule of zazen, Dharma Talks, zazenkai, and special events, which this month include the VZ Book Group on Sunday, January 16, and the Prison Letter Writing Group the following Saturday, January 22.