This group is for people who currently practice Buddhist or mindfulness-based stress reduction, and who would like to hike and socialize in beautiful natural settings with other like-minded folks. Hikes will be of varying length and difficulty, with a somewhat leisurely pace, allowing time to appreciate nature. Length of hikes will normally be between three to six miles, with duration of two to four hours. We will sometimes walk in silence for a period. Also, we will sometimes stop for a snack along the way, if there is a good spot to sit.
Folks are encouraged to bring a poem or other short reading to share with the group, if they feel so moved.
Wishing you peace and happiness...
Some favorite quotes:
From the Dhammapada: One day of seeing in a spacious, open way is better than seeing all the seven wonders of the world. The greatest wonder is the seeing, the mind, the awareness which has been set free.
From Zen Master Dogen: After we forget the self, we can be enlightened by ten thousand things.
From Zen Master Hong Zi: The field of boundless emptiness is what exists from the very beginning. The deep source, transparent down to the bottom, can radiantly shine, and can respond unencumbered to each speck of dust without becoming its partner.