It’s been confirmed. I will be speaking at Empty Sky Zen Center near Phoenix, Arizona on Friday June 29th at 7pm. The address is 5246 E McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. If you’re not a regular there and wish to attend please send an email to Ann Baker at email@example.com. They just need to get a head count. Newcomers are very welcome. This is not an “advanced” sitting.
People ask me all the time whether or not some event I’m doing is for “advanced” practitioners or not. Folks, there is no such thing as “advanced” Zen practice. You start and end at exactly the same place. I don’t run any events for “advanced” practitioners.
“Folks, there is no such thing as “advanced” Zen practice. You start and end at exactly the same place.”
Ah, place as metaphor. Starting and ending at this very place, even though it may be miles apart; things as they is.
In advanced Zen you meditate while standing on your head and juggling 3 koans.
“No self upon the Absolute” is “exactly the same place” ? Why don’t we just skip
all that sitting and go directly there?
“No self upon the Absolute” is “exactly the same place”, you are already there, right where you are. The trick is in the relationship between the body of referred sensation and the spontaneous occurrence of consciousness; they are interdependent. In the end, the spontaneous occurrence of consciousness will open feeling to the surface of the skin throughout the body; zazen is a practice of allowing that to occur, and because it’s actually a dynamic process that involves stretch and involuntary activity, zazen is a practice that can happen anytime.
I realize your question was rhetorical; so’s my answer, ha ha!
“because it’s actually a dynamic process that involves stretch and involuntary activity, zazen is a practice that can happen anytime.”
Can it happem while you are sitting in a chair?
So, whatever happened with the Las Cruces gig?
You probably don’t remember me–we met in NYC. You meet so many people. I’ll see you on Friday.
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