Marking the beginning of the year linked to the cycle of the moon, rather than the sun, speaks to an appreciation of the softer, and in some ways more penetrating, light of the moon. It is the light of the moon that represents awakening, not the light of the sun. The lunar calendar was given up because of the variations that are inherent with its use. Those variations are the very fabric of life and it is good to honor them as a way of remembering that the linear, logical, solar way of thinking has its limitations too. It is said that in Zen, unlike other traditions, an inch is not always an inch, which opens the possibility of us not always being who we think we are, in that definitive, “solar” kind of way.

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About PZI’s Urban Retreats

The Urban Retreat format is a user friendly, easily approachable way of participating in a meditation retreat. Starting at 9:30, we will have three 25-minute periods of meditation with a 5-minute break in between each. We will then explore the ‘random meditation’ of having tea and conversation together before comparing field notes about our experience with the koan. After a two-hour break for lunch (bring your own, or explore one of the fine restaurants in Rockridge), we will do it again in the afternoon, ending at 5:00 pm.

The retreat will be limited to 16 people to preserve an intimate atmosphere for sharing deeply what arises in meditation.

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