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Hear the Clap of the Dharma Stick

  • Aug 31, 2011 · 7:00 PM
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Sitting quietly in meditation, the sangha grew to 108 members effortlessly. Some people passed through quietly. Some people tested our stillness and were quieted. Some people pulled up a cushion and stayed. Now, how will this sangha's body change as it stands and stretches? As it drinks a cup of tea? All of our practice was revealed. Still, there is more. Let's meet next Wednesday. I'll be coming down from the Baltimore area, so I would appreciate it if someone could suggest and arrange a location for us. In the past we've used the Reston Community Center, but any similar location will do! Perhaps we'll discuss how to take a perfect step from the top of a 100' pole...

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  • Patrick B.

    Been busy w/ school so haven't posted in a minute or so cause of school, but as a non-christian, -jewish, -african, -wiccan, and although I don't like to label myself as any religion even a Buddhist, and also don't have any relatives within 1500 miles, but school ends soon and only one class over winter short session so would like to meet w/ others- jfk open as of beginning of month, if anyone is trying to meet...

    November 18, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first time with this group, having only read books on Zen previously. I enjoyed the meetup and can appreciate the different style of teaching and discussion. Thanks!

    September 2, 2011

  • Zen S.

    First, a group of strangers. Next, sometimes heartfelt and sometimes very energetic exchanges! Finally, the strangers were gone. I like this format of open exchange and cross-examination--a chance to see what we are when we're away from the books and the cushion :-)

    September 1, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    6 people at a comfortable location discussing zen. Eclectic group with diverse backgrounds. I enjoyed the meetup and look forward to future opportunities.

    September 1, 2011

  • Heather H.

    I thoroughly enjoyed it. Everyone was just lovely, and each brought something unique to the table. I learned much. Thank you! :-)

    September 1, 2011

  • Zen S.

    Six people, a nice meal, and some spirited discussion! Thank you, everyone, for the pleasant evening with new friends :-)

    August 31, 2011

  • Zen S.

    Wow! Nice suspected turn-out for a dinner chat! I'm looking forward to it! I'll get there as soon as I can given the beltway; hopefully the locals will swoop in and grab the big table :-)

    August 31, 2011

  • Patrick B.

    Can't make night groups mon-thursday, or mornings on same days, since i'm taking more then a full load of classes, so Fri, Sat, sun, nights r good, and even though I live in dwntwn Baltimore, mornings r fine and most afternoons, but I go 2 college late afternoon like 5pm... Although I live in dwntwn Baltimore, my motor scooter should get here from manufacturer this week, so as long as i don't have school, I can get 2 Fairfax, dc, Arlington etc...

    August 29, 2011

  • Zen S.

    The first response to a question deserves special consideration from the group. After all, what are the next responses but its complex reflections? Heather seized the initiative this round; let's support her choice and see where it leads! The location for this meeting is set for Panera; come hungry :-) [Thanks, Heather!]

    August 27, 2011

  • Heather H.

    I always like the Panera in Merrifield. There's usually a big table in the middle that's free. Nice atmosphere, reasonable prices, vegetarian options, good coffee if you're into that, and light jazz on the speakers. Strawberry Lane at Gallows Road (#1162)
    8191 Strawberry Lane
    Merrifield, VA 22042
    (703)[masked] - Phone
    (703)[masked] - Fax

    August 27, 2011

  • Zen S.

    Still a small number and still in need of a location. Perhaps we should find a restaurant or coffee shop?

    August 26, 2011

  • Zen S.

    Patrick: I'll likely be driving in directly from the office (south of Baltimore). Have you visited the Baltimore Zen Center in Severn (21144)? I am there Tuesday & Thursday evenings.

    Heather: One way to guarantee it's close to you would be to help schedule the location ;-)

    August 25, 2011

  • Heather H.

    I'm interested. It will depend on time and location. I'm in Fairfax, so closer the better for me.

    August 24, 2011

  • Patrick B.

    -this meetup but need ride from downtown Baltimore.

    August 23, 2011

  • Patrick B.

    Sorry, didn't mean to seperate message, but as I was saying I'm coming from downtown Baltimore. Although I am somewhat new 2 Buddhism and am agnostic currently, I've read a few things and am interested in Buddhism but there is a LOT I don't know... Like differences between (and I know I prob spelled these wrong) Mahayena and Therivada and Zen, besides location they started... A lot of things along those lines. I'm untreated in coming 2 i

    August 23, 2011

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