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Sundays: 4-Part New Year’s Series with Allison, Tess, Jesse & Michelle: Hakuin’s Praise Song
Weekly Meditation & Talks: Monday – Thursday, join us
Alternating Tuesdays: PZI Talk LIVE! with Gaffney & Hitchcock
Upcoming: Winter Sesshin: Winter & Silver, Moonlight & Snow
This Week: Art & Zen, Hakuin Part 4, Night Owls in the Winter Open Temple
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Special Guests Michael Hoffman & Jordan McConnell on Art & Zen: Wednesday Meditation hosted by David Weinstein
January 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree – $10
Step by step in the dark, if my foot is not wet, I have found a stone.
In a recent conversation with Michael Hoffman, he mentioned that he and Jordan McConnell had been talking about their koan meditation practice and their practice of making art. Michael expressed interest in continuing that conversation on a Wednesday night. I am happy to host Michael and Jordan for such a conversation—as I have noticed, that in talking with artists about their creative process, that what they describe is something that strikes me as familiar though I do not practice any particular art. I have also noticed the way my koan meditation practice facilitates the feeling of familiarity.
Koan practice is a practice of imagination—not unlike the practice of exploring our dreams, or identifying with and finding wisdom in the myths we have inherited from ancestors stretching back thousands of years. As part of the process of becoming more intimate with our thinking, koan practice invites us to enter the “dream” of the koan. In doing so we become more intimate with ourselves. As we find our place in the dream-koan, we are further invited to respond to our circumstances from that place in the koan: to create a response, an act of creativity.
That act of responding to and “from the place of” a koan feels like what happens when I encounter a piece of art. Regardless of the medium used by the artist, it is my ability to find myself in the work of art that gives it meaning for me.
Koan practice is the cultivation of my ability to find myself in whatever I encounter in my life. This opens the possibility of experiencing my life as a work of art.
Join us for koan meditation, dharma talk, & conversation. All are welcome. Register to participate.