2020-10-25

Autumn Week 6: Oct 26 - Nov 1

Join the BoWZ-Westchester Sangha via Zoom on Saturday mornings:
(Times: US Eastern)
9:45-10:00 -- Informal conversation
10:00 -- Opening Dedication, Readings, Zazen, Kinhin, Zazen
11:00 -- Sutra Service
11:15 -- Dharma Talk and Conversation
12:00 -- Closing Readings

https://zoom.us/j/2898507899
Audio Only: telephone 646-876-9923 & Enter Meeting ID: 289 850 7899

Passcode: 468468

Sat Oct 31: Practice to be led by Meredith Garmon

This Week's Reading

For Sat Oct 31:
  • Taizan Maezumi, Appreciate Your Life: The Essence of Zen Practice, "Clarify the Great Matter," p. 67.
  • See Reading Schedule.

Raven Tale

For this week: "Too Soon"

Social Action

Sangha member Manny points us toward Buddhist Global Relief, and Buddhist Action to Feed the Hungry Online Gathering. The next event will be on Nov 15. Info HERE.

Suggested Practice this week

For this week: Lovingkindness. (Check website soon for available audio guided lovingkindness meditation).

Sutras for Autumn Week 6: Oct 26 - Nov 1

Opening for Mon Oct 5 - Sun Nov 1 (8th Fourweek since Vernal Equinox): (AUDIO for Even)(AUDIO for Odd)
  • Gatha of Atonement (odd-numbered dates), or The Three Refuges (even-numbered dates)
  • Dedication
  • Menju -- "Face-to-Face Transmission," p. 5
Sutra Service for Week 6.A. (AUDIO)
  • Eihei Koso Hotsuganmon, p. 18
  • Mangala Sutta -- The Highest Blessings, p. 18
  • Yongjia's Song of Realizing the Dao, p. 19
Closing for Mon Oct 5 - Sun Nov 1 (8th Fourweek since the Vernal Equinox): (AUDIO)
  • Hope in the Dark, p. 40
  • Save All the Beings, p. 42

Sutra Book

For printing (double-columned pages):CLICK HERE. (Page references are to this double-column version.)
For reading on your computer screen (single-column pages):CLICK HERE.
Chant Along with these Audio Files: CLICK HERE.

Home Practice

Practicing every day, or nearly every day, is a crucial aspect of the Zen path. Other central aspects include sangha (meeting weekly or so to practice with a group), and sesshin (going on occasional week-end or week-long Zen retreats).

Home practice ideally includes Zazen, study of zen text (or listening to a recording or podcast of a dharma talk), and chanting/reciting some of Zen's central texts.

Recommended:
  • Sitting supplies: A zabuton (mat) and either a zafu (round cushion, usually of kapok or buckwheat hulls), or a seiza bench (kneeling bench); or a chair that is your meditation chair
  • A dedicated space: A corner of a room that is used only for Zen practice, where your sitting supplies and a small altar reside
  • An altar: a small table with a Buddha statue and maybe an incense holder, candle, or sacred items.
There are many ways to structure home practice. Here's one:
  • Light a candle, stick of incense, or both, on your altar.
  • Standing in front of altar, facing it, make three bows (prostrations or standing bows) to Buddha.
  • Recite "Gatha of Atonement" (odd-numbered dates) or "The Three Refuges" (even-numbered dates);
  • Recite Dedication and Opening Verse (see Sutra Book)
  • Zazen (25 mins)
  • Recite the Sutra Service Readings for the week (see Sutra Book)
  • Dharma Study time: reading a dharma book or listening to a dharma talk recording (15-30 mins). (Check out "A Quarterly Study Plan" on the Reading/Videos page.)
  • Recite Closing Verses (see Sutra Book)

Additional Practice Opportunities

Mon-Fri mornings, 7 AM -8 AM -- join Meredith and the Worcester Boundless Way Zen teachers for morning practice.
Or zoom in for evening practice on Sun, Tue, and Thu evenings, 7 PM - 8 PM
Zoom link: CLICK HERE

White Plains Zen Center:
Tue evenings: 7:30 PM
https://zoom.us/j/122286388

Hudson River Zen Center:
http://hudsonriverzencenter.org/

Insight Meditation with Nina Nagy
Mon evenings: 6 PM
https://www.awakeabiding.com/

2020-10-19

Raven 142: Too Soon

In #11, Brown Bear recommended that Raven "try camping out for a while." In #12 we learn that she took this instruction to heart: "She wandered a long time, from forests to upland meadows to icy lakes." It was a time of pilgrimage and solitary practice -- which life fundamentally always is, in any case.

Case
Woodpecker asked, "When Brown Bear said you should camp out for a while, was there anything underlying his words?"
Raven said, "Woodpecker!"
Woodpecker said, "Yes?"
Raven hung her head and turned away, saying "Ah, too soon."

2020-10-18

Raven 141: Risks

How can there be learning when what you already are is the truth? And if there is learning, how can there be a teacher when you can only learn from yourself? How can there be sangha?
We may fool ourselves that we are coping -- as if there were such a thing as not coping.

Case
Porcupine came to consult with Raven and said, "I'm beginning to see the risks in being a teacher."
Raven said, "They're built in."
Porcupine asked, "How do you cope?"
Raven drew herself up and said, "Don't accuse me of coping!"

2020-10-11

Raven 140: Switch Roles

Any true teacher is also a student -- an ongoing student of the subject matter, certainly, but also a student of zir students. Do the roles of teacher and student switch back and forth? Or does each continually and always include the other? Either way, what's the difference, then, between the teacher and the student?

Gray Wolf seems to be noticing a difference in authority -- and she hints that she chafes at that authority. There's hope for her yet!

Case
Gray Wolf said, "Why do we always do everything in exactly the same way?"
Raven said, "Steady on."
Gray Wolf said, "Maybe we should switch roles sometimes. Somebody else could be the teacher and you could be just one of the students."
Raven said, "It's happening."
Case adapted from Robert Aitken; introduction and verse by Meredith GarmonA
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2020-10-09

Raven 139: Flighty

"Flighty" originally meant "swift." How it came to mean fickle or frivolous isn't clear -- perhaps from descriptions of certain people as being given to "flights" of imagination. Raven seems to evoke the original meaning of flighty -- swift. Yet the modern meaning is there, too.

Case
Woodpecker asked, "What is truth?"
Raven said, "Clouds gather over Rockysummit."
Woodpecker said, "Seems very ordinary."
Raven said, "Yesterday an arrow flew past Stag Sensei and went clear across the creek."
Woodpecker said, "He must have been scared."
Raven said, "Flighty!"
Case adapted from Robert Aitken; introduction and verse by Meredith GarmonA
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Oct 5-11

Join the BoWZ-Westchester Sangha via Zoom on Saturday mornings:
(Times: US Eastern)
9:45-10:00 -- Informal conversation
10:00 -- Opening Dedication, Readings, Zazen, Kinhin, Zazen
11:00 -- Sutra Service
11:15 -- Dharma Talk and Conversation
12:00 -- Closing Readings

https://zoom.us/j/2898507899
Audio Only: telephone 646-876-9923 & Enter Meeting ID: 289 850 7899

Passcode: 468468

Sat Oct 10: Practice to be led by Seth Segall.

THIS WEEK'S READING for Sat Oct 10
  • Taizan Maezumi, Appreciate Your Life: The Essence of Zen Practice, "Realize Your Life as Koan," p. 57.
  • See Reading Schedule.
This Week's RAVEN TALE: "Flighty"

Sutras for Autumn Week 3: Oct 5-11

Opening for 8th Fourweek since Vernal Equinox: Mon Oct 5 - Sun Nov 1 (AUDIO for Even)(AUDIO for Odd)
  • Gatha of Atonement (odd-numbered dates), or The Three Refuges (even-numbered dates)
  • Dedication
  • Menju -- "Face-to-Face Transmission," p. 5
Sutra Service for Week 3A (AUDIO)
  • Heart Sutra, p. 11
  • The Record of Linji, p. 12
  • Lotus Sutra's Fulfilling the Buddha Way, p. 12
Closing Verse for 8th Fourweek since the Vernal Equinox: Mon Oct 5 - Sun Nov 1 (AUDIO)
  • Hope in the Dark, p. 40
  • Save All the Beings, p. 42

Sutras for Autumn Week 4: Oct 12-18

Opening for 8th Fourweek since Vernal Equinox: Mon Oct 5 - Sun Nov 1 (AUDIO for Even)(AUDIO for Odd)
  • Gatha of Atonement (odd-numbered dates), or The Three Refuges (even-numbered dates)
  • Dedication
  • Menju -- "Face-to-Face Transmission," p. 5
Sutra Service for Week 4A
  • Song of the Jeweled-Mirror Samadhi, p. 14
  • Coming and Going, p. 15
  • Shantideva's Way of the Bodhisattva, p. 15
Closing Verse for 8th Fourweek since the Vernal Equinox: Mon Oct 5 - Sun Nov 1 (AUDIO)
  • Hope in the Dark, p. 40
  • Save All the Beings, p. 42

Home Practice

Practicing every day, or nearly every day, is a crucial aspect of the Zen path. Other central aspects include sangha (meeting weekly or so to practice with a group), and sesshin (going on occasional week-end or week-long Zen retreats).

Home practice ideally includes Zazen, study of zen text (or listening to a recording or podcast of a dharma talk), and chanting/reciting some of Zen's central texts.

Recommended:
  • Sitting supplies: A zabuton (mat) and either a zafu (round cushion, usually of kapok or buckwheat hulls), or a seiza bench (kneeling bench); or a chair that is your meditation chair
  • A dedicated space: A corner of a room that is used only for Zen practice, where your sitting supplies and a small altar reside
  • An altar: a small table with a Buddha statue and maybe an incense holder, candle, or sacred items.
There are many ways to structure home practice. Here's one:
  • Light a candle, stick of incense, or both, on your altar.
  • Standing in front of altar, facing it, make three bows (prostrations or standing bows) to Buddha.
  • Recite "Gatha of Atonement" (odd-numbered dates) or "The Three Refuges" (even-numbered dates);
  • Recite Dedication and Opening Verse (see Sutra Book)
  • Zazen (25 mins)
  • Recite the Sutra Service Readings for the week (see Sutra Book)
  • Dharma Study time: reading a dharma book or listening to a dharma talk recording (15-30 mins). (Check out "A Quarterly Study Plan" on the Reading/Videos page.)
  • Recite Closing Verses (see Sutra Book)
Sutra Book for printing (double-columned pages):
CLICK HERE. (Page references below are to the double-column version.)
Sutras for reading on your computer screen (single-column pages):
CLICK HERE.
Chant Along with these Audio Files:
CLICK HERE.

Additional Practice Opportunities

Mon-Fri mornings, 7 AM -8 AM -- join Meredith and the Worcester Boundless Way Zen teachers for morning practice.
Or zoom in for evening practice on Sun, Tue, and Thu evenings, 7 PM - 8 PM
Zoom link: CLICK HERE

White Plains Zen Center:
Tue evenings: 7:30 PM
https://zoom.us/j/122286388

Hudson River Zen Center:
http://hudsonriverzencenter.org/

Insight Meditation with Nina Nagy
Mon evenings: 6 PM
https://www.awakeabiding.com/

2020-10-04

Home Practice

Practicing every day, or nearly every day, is a crucial aspect of the Zen path. Other central aspects include sangha (meeting weekly or so to practice with a group), and sesshin (going on occasional week-end or week-long Zen retreats).

Home practice ideally includes Zazen, study of zen text (or listening to a recording or podcast of a dharma talk), and chanting/reciting some of Zen's central texts.

Recommended:
  • Sitting supplies: A zabuton (mat) and either a zafu (round cushion, usually of kapok or buckwheat hulls), or a seiza bench (kneeling bench); or a chair that is your meditation chair
  • A dedicated space: A corner of a room that is used only for Zen practice, where your sitting supplies and a small altar reside
  • An altar: a small table with a Buddha statue and maybe an incense holder, candle, or sacred items.
There are many ways to structure home practice. Here's one:
  • Light a candle, stick of incense, or both, on your altar.
  • Standing in front of altar, facing it, make three bows (prostrations or standing bows) to Buddha.
  • Recite "Gatha of Atonement" (odd-numbered dates) or "The Three Refuges" (even-numbered dates);
  • Recite Dedication and Opening Verse (see Sutra Book)
  • Zazen (25 mins)
  • Recite the Sutra Service Readings for the week (see Sutra Book)
  • Dharma Study time: reading a dharma book or listening to a dharma talk recording (15-30 mins). (Check out "A Quarterly Study Plan" on the Reading/Videos page.)
  • Recite Closing Verses (see Sutra Book)
Sutra Book for printing (double-columned pages):
CLICK HERE. (Page references below are to the double-column version.)
Sutras for reading on your computer screen (single-column pages):
CLICK HERE.
Chant Along with these Audio Files:
CLICK HERE.

Sutras for Autumn Week 3: Oct 5-11

Opening
8th Fourweek since Vernal Equinox: Mon Oct 5 - Sun Nov 1 (AUDIO for Even)(AUDIO for Odd)
  • Gatha of Atonement (odd-numbered dates), or The Three Refuges (even-numbered dates)
  • Dedication
  • Menju -- "Face-to-Face Transmission," p. 5
Sutra Service
Week 3: Oct 5-11, section Sep 28-Oct 4, section 3A (AUDIO)
  • Heart Sutra, p. 11
  • The Record of Linji, p. 12
  • Lotus Sutra's Fulfilling the Buddha Way, p. 12
Closing Verse
8th Fourweek since the Vernal Equinox: Mon Oct 5 - Sun Nov 1 (AUDIO)
  • Hope in the Dark, p. 40
  • Save All the Beings, p. 42

Sutras for Autumn Week 4: Oct 12-Oct 18

Opening
8th Fourweek since Vernal Equinox: Mon Oct 5 - Sun Nov 1 (AUDIO for Even)(AUDIO for Odd)
  • Gatha of Atonement (odd-numbered dates), or The Three Refuges (even-numbered dates)
  • Dedication
  • Menju -- "Face-to-Face Transmission," p. 5
Sutra Service
Week 4: Oct 12-18, section 4A
  • Song of the Jeweled-Mirror Samadhi, p. 14
  • Coming and Going, p. 15
  • Shantideva's Way of the Bodhisattva, p. 15
Closing Verse
8th Fourweek since the Vernal Equinox: Mon Oct 5 - Sun Nov 1 (AUDIO)
  • Hope in the Dark, p. 40
  • Save All the Beings, p. 42

2020-09-27

Raven 138: Mockingbird

The only other time we've seen Mockingbird was in #76 when he asked about gossip. Today he seems to have a question that cuts directly to the heart of the matter: Who am I? Who are you?

We are what we do: our routine and everyday characteristic doings, as well as our tumblings. What we do is always enactment of relationship. But tell me: when Raven holds out her wings and Mockingbird holds out his, who is doing so with greater freedom? Maybe it's not the one you think.

Case
One fine day Mockingbird met Raven on the Assembly Oak and asked, "Who is Raven Roshi?"
Raven held out her wings.
Mockingbird held out his wings.
Raven croaked.
Mockingbird croaked.
Raven abruptly pecked at his claw, and he tumbled from the tree.
Verse
Teachers have pecked us off balance.
Remember how we tumbled from our perch?
Do you remember: Was it just what we needed?
Did we croak, stretch our wings, fly?
Or plummet to the injuring ground?
It was the death of our freedom,
And its birth.

Case adapted from Robert Aitken; introduction and verse by Meredith GarmonA
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2020-09-25

Sep 21-27

AUTUMN, WEEK 1

Join the BoWZ-Westchester Sangha via Zoom on Saturday mornings:

9:45-10:00 -- Informal conversation
10:00 -- Opening Dedication, Readings, Zazen, Kinhin, Zazen
11:00 -- Sutra Service
11:15 -- Dharma Talk and Conversation
12:00 -- Closing Readings
(US Eastern Time Zone)

https://zoom.us/j/2898507899
Audio Only: telephone 646-876-9923 & Enter Meeting ID: 289 850 7899

Passcode: 468468

Sat Sep 26: Practice to be led by Meredith Garmon.

THIS WEEK'S READING for Sat Sep 26
  • Taizan Maezumi, Appreciate Your Life: The Essence of Zen Practice, "Koan and Shikantaza" p. 49.
  • See Reading Schedule.

HOME PRACTICE for Autumn Week 1: Sep 21-27

This Week's RAVEN TALE: "Everything Collapsed"

ADDITIONAL PRACTICE OPPORTUNITIES
Mon-Fri mornings, 7 AM -8 AM -- join Meredith and the Worcester Boundless Way Zen teachers for morning practice.
Or zoom in for evening practice on Sun, Tue, and Thu evenings, 7 PM - 8 PM
Zoom link: CLICK HERE

White Plains Zen Center:
Tue evenings: 7:30 PM
https://zoom.us/j/122286388

Hudson River Zen Center:
http://hudsonriverzencenter.org/

Insight Meditation with Nina Nagy
Mon evenings: 6 PM
https://www.awakeabiding.com/

2020-09-24

Raven 137: Everything Collapsed

Everything there is presents itself in each moment, each appearance. Our task is to maintain this reality -- as in, "cause or enable (a condition or state of affairs) to continue," and also as in "state something to be the case; assert" -- but how?

Case
Wolverine dropped by for zazen and announced, "Everything on the Blue Planet is contained in this appearance."
Porcupine said, "That's true. How do you maintain it?"
Wolverine hesitated.
Porcupine said, "The Blue Planet collapsed."
Verse
That joke about small towns:
"Don't blink or you'll miss it."
I used to think no town could be
so small that this was true.
Now I think no city could be
so large this isn't true.

Case adapted from Robert Aitken; introduction and verse by Meredith GarmonA
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2020-09-15

Raven 136: Where Is the Buddha?

Where are you? Do you know? To know where you are requires knowing where everything else is, their relationship to each other and to you. (An X labeled "you are here" on an otherwise blank white poster tells you nothing.) "South of the river, north of the lake" -- a beginning. Knowing where the Buddha is -- an end of the matter.

Case
Reverend Crane came to a meeting once again and asked, "Do Buddhists pray?"
Raven asked, "To whom?"
Crane said, "Well, to the Buddha Macaw, I suppose."
Raven asked, "Where is the Buddha Macaw?"
Crane said, "Where is she? Can you identify her place?"
Raven said, "For sure. Just like anyone."
Crane said, "Well, I'm like anyone, and I can identify my place. That really doesn't answer the question."
Raven said, "It's all it takes."
Verse
"If you don’t know where you are, you probably don’t know who you are." --Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
Probably?
Ralph's asserting an empirical point.
Leave aside probability.
Self and place
Are each other.

Wallace said Wendell said it
Without probably.
Wendell said this:
"If you don't know where you're from, you'll have a hard time saying where you're going.”
True enough, though only so much can be
Known and said of coming and going.

The precise latitude and longitude where you stand
And the vast cosmos entire:
Each the same as the other.

Case adapted from Robert Aitken; introduction and verse by Meredith Garmon
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Sep 14-20

SUMMER, WEEK 13

Join the BoWZ-Westchester Sangha via Zoom on Saturday mornings:

9:45-10:00 -- Informal conversation
10:00 -- Opening Dedication, Readings, Zazen, Kinhin, Zazen
11:00 -- Sutra Service
11:15 -- Dharma Talk and Conversation
12:00 -- Closing Readings
(US Eastern Time Zone)

https://zoom.us/j/2898507899
Audio Only: telephone 646-876-9923 & Enter Meeting ID: 289 850 7899

Passcode: 468468

Sat Sep 19: Practice to be led by Meredith Garmon.

THIS WEEK'S READING for Sat Sep 19
  • Taizan Maezumi, Appreciate Your Life: The Essence of Zen Practice, "What Is Koan?" pp. 47-49.
  • See Reading Schedule.

HOME PRACTICE for Summer Week 13: Sep 14-20

This Week's RAVEN TALE: "Where Is the Buddha?"

THE AUDIBLE HEART PROJECT
Add your voice to the recording of the Heart Sutra that we chant along with some weeks!
The audio (MP3) file is here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aVlqZ_pSjOf6gTeZTDnsceLeAU4eDlGb/view

Download this MP3 file onto your computer.
Then open it with an audio program such as "Audacity" (which is available free on on the internet) or "Garage Band".
Using this audio software, dub your own voice into the recording.
Save the result and email it back to me!
For more complete and detailed instructions email me at HotetsuG@gmail.com

ADDITIONAL PRACTICE OPPORTUNITIES
Mon-Fri mornings, 7 AM -8 AM -- join Meredith and the Worcester Boundless Way Zen teachers for morning practice.
Or zoom in for evening practice on Sun, Tue, and Thu evenings, 7 PM - 8 PM
Zoom link: CLICK HERE

White Plains Zen Center:
Tue evenings: 7:30 PM
https://zoom.us/j/122286388

Hudson River Zen Center:
http://hudsonriverzencenter.org/

Insight Meditation with Nina Nagy
Mon evenings: 6 PM
https://www.awakeabiding.com/

2020-08-23

Aug 24-30

SUMMER, WEEK 10

Join the BoWZ-Westchester Sangha via Zoom every Saturday morning:

9:45-10:00 -- Informal conversation
10:00 -- Opening Dedication, Readings, Zazen, Kinhin, Zazen
11:00 -- Sutra Service
11:15 -- Dharma Talk and Conversation
12:00 -- Closing Readings
(US Eastern Time Zone)

https://zoom.us/j/2898507899
Audio Only: telephone 646-876-9923 & Enter Meeting ID: 289 850 7899

Passcode: 468468

Sat Aug 29: Practice to be led by Meredith Garmon.

THIS WEEK'S READING for Sat Aug 29
  • Taizan Maezumi, Appreciate Your Life: The Essence of Zen Practice, "Your Zazen is the Zazen of the Buddhas," pp. 33-35.
  • See Reading Schedule.

HOME PRACTICE for Week 10: Aug 24-30

This Week's RAVEN TALE: "True Teaching"

THE AUDIBLE HEART PROJECT
Add your voice to the recording of the Heart Sutra that we chant along with some weeks!
The audio (MP3) file is here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aVlqZ_pSjOf6gTeZTDnsceLeAU4eDlGb/view

Download this MP3 file onto your computer.
Then open it with an audio program such as "Audacity" (which is available free on on the internet) or "Garage Band".
Using this audio software, dub your own voice into the recording.
Save the result and email it back to me!
For more complete and detailed instructions email me at HotetsuG@gmail.com

ADDITIONAL PRACTICE OPPORTUNITIES
Mon-Fri mornings, 7 AM -8 AM -- join Meredith and the Worcester Boundless Way Zen teachers for morning practice.
Or zoom in for evening practice on Sun, Tue, and Thu evenings, 7 PM - 8 PM
Zoom link: CLICK HERE

White Plains Zen Center:
Tue evenings: 7:30 PM
https://zoom.us/j/122286388

Hudson River Zen Center:
http://hudsonriverzencenter.org/

Insight Meditation with Nina Nagy
Mon evenings: 6 PM
https://www.awakeabiding.com/

2020-08-22

Aug 17-23

SUMMER, WEEK 9

Join the BoWZ-Westchester Sangha via Zoom every Saturday morning:

Informal conversation begins at 9:45.
Practice begins at 10:00.
We end at noon.
(US Eastern Time Zone)

https://zoom.us/j/2898507899
Audio Only: telephone 646-876-9923 & Enter Meeting ID: 289 850 7899

Passcode: 468468

Sat Aug 22: Practice to be led by Meredith Garmon.

THIS WEEK'S READING for Sat Aug 22
  • Taizan Maezumi, Appreciate Your Life: The Essence of Zen Practice, "The Answer is Simple," pp. 29-33.
  • Reading Schedule HERE.
QUESTION: "The most important point is to forget yourself," says Maezumi. What do you understand this to mean?

HOME PRACTICE for week Aug 17-23: CLICK HERE

THE AUDIBLE HEART PROJECT
Add your voice to the recording of the Heart Sutra that we chant along with some weeks!
The audio (MP3) file is here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aVlqZ_pSjOf6gTeZTDnsceLeAU4eDlGb/view

Download this MP3 file onto your computer.
Then open it with an audio program such as "Audacity" (which is available free on on the internet) or "Garage Band".
Using this audio software, dub your own voice into the recording.
Save the result and email it back to me!
For more complete and detailed instructions email me at HotetsuG@gmail.com

ADDITIONAL PRACTICE OPPORTUNITIES
Mon-Fri mornings, 7 AM -8 AM -- join Meredith and the Worcester Boundless Way Zen teachers for morning practice.
Or zoom in for evening practice on Sun, Tue, and Thu evenings, 7 PM - 8 PM
Zoom link: CLICK HERE

White Plains Zen Center:
Tue evenings: 7:30 PM
https://zoom.us/j/122286388

Hudson River Zen Center:
http://hudsonriverzencenter.org/

Insight Meditation with Nina Nagy
Mon evenings: 6 PM
https://www.awakeabiding.com/

Raven 135: True Teaching

Life requires water -- both the kind of life we like and the kind we don't, such as disease-causing bacteria or viruses. Where water is present, there's no telling what will grow, heedless of notions of true and false.

Case
One evening owl asked, "How can you tell whether a teaching is true or false?"
Raven said, "Moss on the rocks dries out when the creek is low."
Owl said, "Good teaching is always wet?"
Raven said, "Sopping."
Verse
Marvin fell in a lake. A man saw him fall in and came to get him out. The man asked him, "How did you come to fall in?" "I did not come to fall in,” said Marvin. "I came to fish.” -Bennett Cerf's Book of Laughs, 1959
The staples of childhood silliness
Taught me early that the world would not always make sense,
That proferred answers might be as unhelpful as big red rock-eaters,
And that giggling was how to manage these affronts.

Only later did I notice how often
I came to fish -- showed up
Intent on some shiny thing --
And fell in to what soaked me through:
Not what I came for.

Case adapted from Robert Aitken; introduction and verse by Meredith GarmonA
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