"The essential matter in just sitting is to just sit, with the mind as taut as a bowstring at all times. Sit just sitting as if you were locked in mortal combat with a master swordsman: if we let up our guard for even an instant, the opponent's sword will come down upon our heads. There isn't even a split second available for random thoughts." --Yamada KounSaturday Zen: Sat Mar 2, 10:00a - noon
468 Rosedale Ave
White Plains, NY
Practice to be led by Meredith Garmon
Morning Zen. Tue - Fri, 6:00-7:15am, at the Parsonage, Basement Zendo. SEE HERE.
Chants for Mon Feb 25 - Sun Mar 3:
- Days Like Lightning, p. 61
- Heart Sutra, p. 14
- Opening: This World of Dew, p. 35; Blinded by Passions, p. 40
- Closing: To Change Every Moment, p. 74
- Primary Reading: Koun Yamada, Zen: The Authentic Gate, Ch. 6b, "Koan Practice and Just Sitting," 2nd half, pp. 76-89.
- Optional Secondary Reading: Thich Nhat Hanh, Old Path White Clouds, Ch. 34, "Reunion," p. 222.
This Week's Raven Tale: #93, The Perfection of Character -- HERE
This Week's Koan: Gateless Gate #46, Book of Serenity #79: Stepping from a 100-foot pole -- HERE