Jan 4 - 10

Winter, week 3
"We are rather like whirlpools in the river of life. Though for short periods it seems to be distinguishable as a separate event, the water in the whirlpools is just the river itself." --Joko Beck
Saturday Zen. Our next Zen service is Sat Jan 6, 10:00 - 11:45am, room 24
Community UU, 468 Rosedale Ave, White Plains, NY.
Practice to be led by Meredith.

Chants for Thu Jan 4 - Wed Jan 10:
  • Observing the One Who Is Dim and Dull, p. 19
  • Heart Sutra, p. 14
See Boundless Way Zen Sutra Book, 4th ed. and
BoWZ Westchester Chant Schedule

Reading this week: Charlotte Joko Beck, Nothing Special: "Whirlpools and Stagnant Waters," pp. 3-9.

Questions. (1) Joko says, "I am uneasy with the growth of the Zen Center of San Diego. Too many seekers are looking for easy, painless solutions to their difficulties. I prefer a smaller center, limited to those who are ready and willing to do the work." What work are you ready and willing to do?
(2) Joko: "A whirlpool that puts up a dam around itself and shuts itself off from the river becomes stagnant and loses its vitality." What dam have you put up around yourself?

At Boundless Way Temple, 1030 Pleasant St, Worcester, MA:
  • Coming and Going Sesshin, Tue Jan 2, 19:00 – Mon Jan 22, 12:00. During these three weeks, participants "come and go" -- select a day, a week-end, several days, a week, or more when you can partake of this "encounter of the heart" (sesshin). INFO HERE.
Meredith's Latest Koan Post: Blue Cliff Record #67, and Book of Serenity #6: Mazu and the 100 Negations: CLICK HERE

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