A Day of Zen Practice
April 21, 2013 by Jokai
Spring is in full flow here at the Center. It’s quite an easy transition to say goodbye - at least for now - to the snow and its attendant difficulties. Migrant birds are returning to the canyon and it’s still light out when we make our way to the Buddha Hall for evening Zazen.
Yesterday we held our first Day of Zen Practice at Yokoji. Sixteen participants joined us for a full day of sitting, dharma talk, work practice and everything in between. In the early planning stage when we were discussing the title for this new program we felt it was important to call it a “Day of Zen Practice” rather than a “Day of Zen”. After all, every day is a day of Zen, but to realize that we have to practice it.
Spring Training continues with the final Sesshin scheduled for May 12th – May 19th. Please join us for all or any part of that if possible.
Yesterday in the Day of Zen Practice class, we discussed Master Dogen’s text Bendowa which translates to On the Endeavor of the Way. It struck me that indeed; this practice of our life contains an aspect of endeavoring. We have to take the forward step to sit Zazen in order to take the backward step to illuminate the self.