REGISTER: During this time of pandemic and sheltering in place, I have noticed a deterioration in my ability to keep track of things. I have uncharacteristically missed credit card payments and keeping track of my appointments has become a challenge. In the midst of feeling overwhelmed by all of the things that are falling through the cracks, things that need to be done and that are past due, this koan about counting the stars paid me a visit.
Linji was a Zen ancestor who lived in 9th century China, known for his iconoclastic ways. His clear presentations of the dharma included shouts and blows – anything to loosen a person’s grip on things – all designed to open the heart to reality, here and now.
Register – Meditation is a place where you are welcome, and this is a way to do it together. Meet me in the digital temple! You might be a dragon..
The Buddha’s story is your story. The prince wandered through wild places seeking wisdom until one night, sitting under a banyan tree, his mind finally awakened to a peace and understanding that is available to everyone – including whoever is reading this now.
There will be meditation in the quiet of the day, good companions, walks in the hills and redwoods, talks by teachers, individual conversations with teachers, time to breathe, write, consider, stop considering, and have our lives stretch out, pretty much perfect as they are.
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