In this workshop, we will dive into the great questions of who we are and why we are here. You will learn meditations that will follow you around like a good dog or a friend. These meditations will always be there when you need them.
A Zen koan goes, “Who is hearing the sounds of the world?” We are in a time of flowers, mayhem, young people speaking up and calling B.S. There is shame, excitement, wild fire in the public world and alchemical fire inside us. The necessary and important thing to do in such a time is deep practice.
In case you haven’t noticed, the world is full of broken things—failed relationships, missed opportunities, moral shortcomings. And yet in the midst of all this we somehow manage to arrive into the next moment, effortlessly. Perhaps freedom lies not in ridding life of all its flaws, but rather the possibilities that arise when we include them.
The Heart Sutra is about your own heart and about the nature of the reality that’s right here in front of you and also in you. When we enter its world we find a release from any beliefs about not being good enough to meet the moment we are in. It shows the surprising Zen move in which you throw something away and then you grow happier and the universe gives you more. The mystery is something that you can enter yourself, and in retreat, we all enter it together.
A teacher asked a student one time, “Where are you going?”
The student replied, “On pilgrimage.”
“Why are you on pilgrimage?”
The student said, “I don’t know.”
The teacher replied, “Not knowing is most intimate.”
Shall we go on pilgrimage together? Join us at this commuter retreat.
Learn more about the different styles of retreat offered by PZI. Silence, companionship, creativity, ordinary mind: they’re all here.