Empty Field Fall Sesshin ~ Nov 2-5, 2017
An Intensive on working with Difficulties and Uncertainty
A monk asked Tozan, “Cold and heat come upon us. How can we avoid them?”
Tozan said, “Why don’t you go where there is no cold or heat?
The monk said, “Where is the place where there is no cold or heat?”
Tozan said, “When cold, let the cold kill you; when it is hot, let the heat kill you.”
We will have a little different form for our retreat this November. In addition to our regular schedule of meditation, sitting and walking, dharma talk and daisan (private interviews), we will include periods of interactive group dialogue and mindful writing on our theme of Working with Difficulties and Uncertainty. We will use several koans as guides to help deepen our insight and understanding of how to work through and utilize difficult situations we find ourselves in when life presents itself to us in ways we had not planned.
I hope you will join us in this experiment of awakening together.
~ Sensei Ray
Empty Field Zendo is a community of people supporting each other in Zen meditation practice. Our emphasis is zazen (zah-zen, sitting meditation), which is a practice that can awaken us to our true nature without reference or dependency on any other factor, such as race, gender, or religious affiliation. People of all faiths, or none, are welcome.
Beginner instruction is held on the last Sunday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. If you have never sat with Empty Field or another Zen group, you are welcome to register in advance for Beginner Instruction. Our beginner instruction includes information about Zen, Empty Field, and zendo protocol, as well as providing practical instruction on sitting postures and an opportunity to practice sitting and ask questions. Beginners can then join the group for the final 25-minute sitting period of the evening and the reading of literature.
Meditation meetings are held every Sunday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Unity Church of the Bay Area. Please plan on being on your cushion or in your seat by 5:25 PM. All are welcome.