March Meditation


Beat poet and longtime Zen practitioner Gary Snyder suspects that the practice of zazen may have been discovered by hunters during the paleolithic, or earlier, when survival was dependent upon being still and silent for long periods of time. These days we tend not to like being still and silent. We prefer perpetual motion, perpetual busy-ness, perpetual stimulation. The only problem with this is that the mind becomes equally busy, stirred up and clouded like a glass of muddy water. As a result, it’s easy to lose touch with the everyday miracle and mystery of being alive. Zazen is the equivalent of setting down a glass of churned up river water and letting the water’s inherent clarity slowly manifest. Zazen is not about stress reduction or health benefits. It’s about realizing that you and this world are exactly the same thing. —Hoag

Join us on Monday mornings from 6:30-7:30AM and on Wednesday afternoons from 5:30-6:30PM. Check the schedule for occasional cancelations. We occasionally offer half-day sits and introductory sessions.

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