We had an open discussion about why we meditate. a positive connection to the outside world, quieting the mind, being more present and mindful… What is your reason?
When we sit, we call it inmost – let inmost nature in itself, or activity – This is – we call self-use of inmost nature – let it work. You don’t do anything, but let our true nature work by itself. This is Zen practice. -Ann Meido-
Also, Ann shared FUKANZAZENGI OF EIHEI DŌGEN. You can read more here.
We discussed what we are thankful for.
What are you thankful for?
Sue shared a poem “The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver8/=-0763zxcv
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean–
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down —
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?+
The Summer Day
I participated in Rinzai’s online zazen-kai with my son, which priest Yokoyama led from Tokoji in Shizuoka, Japan.
His story resonated with us, so I shared it during our zazen-kai at Hakone Gardens.
He told us a famous story.
One day, a young man asked a monk, ” I can’t sleep well as I am worried and anxious. Would you please help to get rid of them? “
Monk replied. ” Sure, let me help you. Can you bring it out and show me “anxiety” and “doubt”?
Young man, “I can’t. How can I show you?”
Monk, ” Right, those things don’t exist. You are creating them in your mind.”
Mind is like a pond. If you stir, water becomes muddy. However, when the water is quiet and still, you can see things clearly.
Zazen helps to keep our mind quiet and still.
Ann’s talk about Everyday Life is the Path from Koan.
Kugyo san talked about Kanzenon Bozatsu.
Rev Ito’s Teisho. Born, get older, sickness and death. We were able to present him with Bonsho as well.