My friend was just in Tibet and took the video. I'll ask her why she thought it was memorizing rather than debating. I think I said debating because I told Bhante (our Burmese monk) about it and he talked about how they debated as well (as compared to the Burmese who don't do it at all). Kim
I just found out that at the Austin Zen Center they will be having a pretty cool event on Monday night that I want to go to:
To Visit AZC
Informal talk & Discussion: Monday, June 16, 2014 at 7 pm
Zen Priest Ryoki Sato is the head priest of Togenji temple. Born in 1972, he trained at Hokyoji temple in Japan before assumingthe position of head priest at Togenji in 2002.
He experienced the March 11, 2011 tsunami in Kamaishi City, Japan, and was fortunate to have survived. He continues to volunteer to help parents who lost their children in the tsunami. He is married and has four children.
Everyone is encouraged to meet this excellent Zen teacher, and hear first hand about his experiences in the tsunami.
I suspect that posts to the mailing list are moderated so it might take a little bit before Peg approves it. Also, on some mailing lists the sender doesn't get the message. I'll let you know if it comes through. Kim
I am in the Depth of Practice class with you. You had mentioned at the end of Monday's class that we might get together on the 2 Mondays that Peg is gone to discuss an earlier book by Peter Hershock before we start reading his latest: Public Zen Personal Zen in July. I noted in the Depth in Practice group folder that two of Hershock's books had been discussed, both of them relating to Chan Buddhism: (1) Chan Buddhism and (2) Liberating Intimacy. Since I am in the process of trying to acquire one of the books for the possible discussion, I was wondering which one you were thinking we might discuss. Please let me know.Thank you!
Appamada is not just the occasional mindful thought or attentive state of mind, it’s actually a commitment to being attentive. It’s more than just a meditative state of mind, it’s more than just being mindful. It has to do with that primary ethical or moral orientation we have in life, with which we bring into being whatever activity we’re engaged in. Whether in formal meditation, in our interactions with other people, in our social concerns, or in our political choices, it’s the energetic cherishing of what we regard as good.