April 27, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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I'm excited and grateful to be starting our gatherings again.
There is a bit of a shift this time around, with an emphasis on making the most of our time to deepen our practice. Co-creating a strong container is the first step to that, so please honor the following:
It is tradition to be in one's cushion five minutes before meditation starts. Please plan to arrive 15-20 minutes early so that we are all seated and ready at 8:55.
Arrive in silence to set the tone for our practice. There will be time to socialize afterwards.
I'll send additional details, e.g. where to park, to those who RSVP.
The practice format will be:
• Morning chanting service: 30 minutes
• Meditation: 30 minutes
• Qigong: 30 minutes
• Mediation: 30 minutes
• Mondo (or other discussion): 60 minutes (or less, and filling the remaining time with meditation or qigong).
For this and all gatherings, donations are requested but never required. East coast interest in 3- and 6-day Mondo Zen retreats has grown, and we need more cushions to accommodate participants. I am raising funds to buy 15 sets of zafu (round sitting cushions) and zabuton (rectangular floor cushion), and 30 sets knee supports, which will cost about $2000 (and that is with a 25% discount!). When I do place the order, if you want to purchase cushions for your home, you can benefit from the discount.
As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
Until then, may your practice be clear and strong,