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TUESDAY ZEN: Are You Afraid of This Happiness? with David Weinstein

January 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Free – $10

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Are you afraid of this happiness?

Shakyamuni

This quote comes from the story about Siddhartha’s journey to awakening. One version of the passage goes like this:

Siddhartha is a child, not quite school age. He lies under a rose-apple tree, alone for a moment, unattended. A light breeze touches his face, there is dappled shade and the scent of grass. His eyes move slowly over the paddock. Nothing is on his mind. There is no fear, no tension, no desire. A question appears in his mind, the way a bird appears in the sky. The question is, “Am I afraid of this happiness?”

What strikes me about this koan is remembering how it appears in two places in the story of Siddhartha’s journey. Once when he is a child and again as he sits under the Bodhi Tree throughout his awakening experience.

There is a déjà vu quality to awakening experiences which is sometimes described as remembering that which we didn’t know we had forgotten. What we didn’t know we have forgotten is something we all don’t know we have forgotten—our experience of the place of no fear, no desire and no tension. We have all had those experiences, perhaps in childhood or another time, but either way we have forgotten them.

It is said that Zen mind is beginner’s mind, whether that happens in childhood or any other time in life. The mind of no fear, no tension and no desire. Awakening is remembering one of those experiences with our whole being.

Do you know what I mean?

—David Weinstein


David Weinstein Roshi

 

COME JOIN US on Tuesdays for koan meditation, dharma talk and conversation.
Register to participate. All are welcome.

David Weinstein Roshi, Director of Rockridge Meditation Community

 

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Date:
January 2
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost:
Free – $10
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Organizer

David Weinstein Roshi
Email:
dweinstein@pacificzen.org
Register here to attend:
https://www.pacificzen.org/product/tuesday-zen-january-2nd-with-david-weinstein/