We live in a very need-to-know culture: Will my retirement account go up or fail from here? Does my mate, angry yesterday, really love me? To be sure, caring and planning are all important parts of constructing a stable life. But that construction project – with all its fears and concerns – can overwhelm us and prevent us from enjoying true intimacy in our lives. We lose our soft edge against the universe. Buddhists call that delusion.
Everyone longs for more life and more peace in which to enjoy it. The old Zen people taught by images and stories. When you sit with these little stories and talk about them, something in you rises to meet them.
There are many stories about the unconventional behavior of Danxia. The most famous is that once during his wandering years he spent the night in a temple. The night being cold, he took a Buddha image off the shrine, made a fire with it, and warmed himself. The Urban Retreat model is, in its own way, as irreverent as burning a Buddha statue.
When we meditate, things change inside us. One way or another, Zen is the thing that changes everything. Sometimes we have big shifts and pretty much everything changes; sometimes we have lots of little shifts. In this retreat we’ll look at stories and legends of how we transform.
Learn more about the different styles of retreat offered by PZI. Silence, companionship, creativity, ordinary mind: they’re all here.