The last mile is the longest.....
May 13, 2011 by Guest Author
One more week to go and another training period will be finished. How fast did this one go! And we had such a nice group of steady people. Those who were here from the beginning but also those who joined it for a bit. Somehow the atmosphere was really good this time. And with good I mean supportive, tolerant and steady.
There was only one week in which the energy seemed to drop because of people falling away either by being ill or by work that was a priority. The work that needed to be done was for example the beautiful stuff that Roshi and Jim Prall made: kyosaku, kotsu, shippei, clappers, hako (made by Terry Kinyo...).
Of course for the White Plum meeting. Tomorrow about 32 teachers will come from all over the world. Dave Scott Keizan Sensei from the UK, has already arrived with 2 of his students John and Sue. Obviously we want us to look good to all of them, since this is the center founded by Maezumi Roshi. And directly or indirectly we are all connected to him. So we're busy with tidying up, making things look nice, planning logistics etc. And in between we have our schedule, are hosting groups and get new trainees settled in.
Yesterday Susan arrived. She never did Zen meditation before and arrived 15 minutes before the first sitting period that morning. After a very brief introduction she sat like a rock the first 3 periods. Very impressive!
My time as Shuso is almost over. Next week Sunday, May the 22d, the big ceremony will happen. I'm getting a little bit nervous, as I don't seem to be able to find space for preparing my talk. Other things always seem more important, like now e.g. the White Plum meeting for which our presentation feels more important than for other groups. So keen I am on making a good impression on them as a center, that I feel more pressure on the cooking than usual.
I'm not totally sure whether this is because I'm getting more nervous for next weeks ceremony and not being able to create any space to prepare my self properly, or because of the specialness of having all these teachers here. I guess it doesn't matter. It just feels as more pressure right now and I have to work with it. That’s why for me this last mile feels the longest.
At the same time I have no complaints at all. As everybody is so incredibly supportive of all that needs to happen, everyone pitches in so very nicely. I’m really proud of the current group residents. And also the broader Sangha: plenty of you will come this weekend to help out. I totally love this community spirit.
So! Get on with the prep! We’ll keep you posted