In Traverse City, Michigan, Sokuzan discusses the Buddhist teaching on the Three Jewels–Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha–and how they are used to support our awareness practice and see the ways in which we prevent ourselves from having clarity about the fundamental truth of what we are and what this world…
Here Sokuzan talks about there not being any particular right form as opposed to wrong. What may work for one person as a spiritual path or structure for practice may not work for someone else, just as one teacher may be good for you and helpful to you and not to someone else. It seems to be important…
The Shambhala Meditation Center in New York City will be hosting Sokuzan in teaching
Opening the Eye Mind: A Dharmic Approach to Art March 21 – 23.
This will include awareness practice with the support of art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.
From the Shambhala Meditation Center website:
When we come into a museum or gallery space we are often not really open to what is there. When our preconceptions and opinions get in the way of direct perception our world is compromised and we miss the incredible power and delicacy of this visual dimension that is arising in front of us moment by moment.
Through group practice, open interviews with the teacher, and rousing exercises that ask us to investigate our conceptual compartmentalization of our sense-consciousnesses, we can cut through our tendency to pre-judge what is right under our noses and see, even participate in, the creation itself.
This program is ideal for artists who feel stuck, unstuck artists who wonder what’s next, and for “non-artists” who yearn to express themselves creatively. Participants are also heartily encouraged to share their work with the group whatever the medium or discipline.
For further details, please contact the Shambhala Meditation Center.
“The Three Jewels of Buddhism: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha”
Traverse City Mindfulness Meditation Group and SokukoJi Buddhist Community together will host this three day, non-residential meditation retreat with Soto Zen Teacher Sokuzan Bob Brown in Traverse City, April 4 – 6, 2014, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6726 Center Rd, Traverse City MI 49686.
• Friday, April 4th, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.:
On this day Sokuzan will offer basic sitting meditation instruction for beginning and experienced meditators. There will be sitting and walking meditation periods and Sokuzan will give a Dharma talk about the Three Jewels of Buddhism as they support awareness practice.
• Saturday, April 5th, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.:
This day will offer opportunity to participate with forms that we use at SokukoJi Buddhist Community Temple-Monastery including a traditional Soto Zen morning service and other awareness practice forms. Sokuzan will continue instruction in shikantaza, or “nothing but just sitting” meditation and in kinhin, or walking meditation. He will also give a Dharma talk, continuing with the theme of “The Three Jewels of Buddhism.”
• Sunday, April 6th, 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.:
We will continue during our regular sitting time with sitting meditation. Sokuzan will give basic meditation instruction and be available for questions and interviews and will give a Dharma talk at 5:30 p.m. From 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., we will have snacks and visiting. You are welcome to bring something to share.
The cost for each day Friday and Saturday is $30.00, or $60.00 for both days. On Sunday during our usual sitting time there is no charge but donations are appreciated. Sokuzan will be available for private interviews about practice throughout the weekend. Lodging may be available with local sangha for out of town participants.
As the annual Ango (practice) retreat begins, Sokuzan reminds us that this is a practice to strengthen our awareness and not a performance to strengthen how we appear to ourselves and others, always returning to this simple awareness situation in the present.