Mar 29 - Apr 4

Spring, week 2
"Practice is not about having experiences, not about having giant realizations, not about getting somewhere or becoming something. We are perfect as we are. By 'perfect' I mean simply that this is it....Practice is to be aware of our thoughts without getting lost in them. And if we get lost, to notice that, too." --Joko Beck
Saturday Zen: Sat Mar 31, 10:00 - 11:45am, room 24
Community UU, 468 Rosedale Ave, White Plains, NY.
Practice to be led by Meredith.

Morning Zen. Mon-Fri, 6:00 - 7:15am -- Basement Zendo. See HERE.

For Thu Mar 29 - Wed Apr 4:
  • Heart of True Entrusting, p. 28
Opening and Closing for March:
  • Opening: Nothing to Do, p. 20.
  • Closing: The Ship of Compassion, p. 75 + The Four Bodhisattva Vows, p. 11
Opening and Closing for April:
  • Opening: Gatha of Atonement, p. 5
  • Closing: Spring Everywhere, p. 75 + Wake All the Beings, p. 11
See Boundless Way Zen Sutra Book, 4th ed. and
BoWZ Westchester Chant Schedule

Reading this week: Charlotte Joko Beck, Nothing Special: Chap. 13, "The Subject-Object Problem," pp. 84-92.

Question. How does "the subject-object problem" arise in your life?

At Boundless Way Temple, 1030 Pleasant St, Worcester, MA:
  • Sat Apr 14, and Sat May 12, 9:00-17:00. "Buddhism 101." INFO HERE.
Raven Tale: Pain During Zazen
A little rub dispels a small itch:
A single push of fingers across the spot, and half-way back.
Substantial itches, though: rub leads to scratch,
And scratch to scratch, increasing the injury.
Here, then, is your life:
Knowing when to rub, to scratch, and when, though difficult, to leave alone --
And, so often, not knowing.

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