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Sunday Zen with Guest Host Jesse Cardin: August 21st
Weekly Meditation & Talks: Monday – Thursday, join us
Alternating Tuesdays: PZI Talk LIVE! with Gaffney & Hitchcock return in September
Upcoming Retreats: Open Mind w John Tarrant & Tess Beasley
Open Temple: August 1st – September 30th
Next Sesshin: Door After Door Opening Inside w John Tarrant & Friends, October 4-9
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Staying or Breaking Out? Wednesday Meditation with David Weinstein
July 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree – $10
How is it that a fully awakened person can design a prison, but can’t get out?
I had been spending time with this koan, when I remembered Bastille Day coming up on Thursday, and I got curious. July 14th, Bastille Day, is the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, a major event of the French Revolution.
At the time of its storming, the number of prisoners held in the Bastille had dwindled to seven. So, its import was not related to the mass liberation of unjustly incarcerated prisoners, though it is portrayed that way. In fact, it was a country club prison for people who had committed white-collar crimes: it had tapestries, paintings, a library, and at least one personal chef.
Ten days prior to the storming, one of inmates was the Marquis de Sade, who had been running along the prison ramparts shouting about inmates being murdered. This proved to be too much for the warden to handle, and de Sade was sent to a lunatic asylum.
This reminded me that when the voice in my heart speaks to what’s really going on, it can be labeled “crazy,” and sent off to an asylum in some dark corner of my awareness.
As it turns out, the storming of the Bastille was actually motivated by a desire for its 250 barrels of gunpowder. According to accounts, the inmates were understandably reluctant to leave, which reminded me that I can also be reluctant to leave a prison that I have built and entered of my own accord.
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