Connection is where we begin, in practice and as a sangha. We make a connection with some aspect of practice, the teachings, the teachers, or other sangha members. Maybe that early connection comes simply from curiosity about meditation or Zen. Or we read something that seems to fit our experience or our life. Lots of people come to a place like Appamada just to check things out, but unless some connection is formed, most of them will not stay.
Now, a place like this is not for…Continue
In a way, our practice is like driving to El Paso. We think we are driving to Disneyland, but really, we are simply driving to El Paso. If you’ve ever made this drive from Austin, you know that it begins in the beauty of the Texas hill country, with its rolling hills and lush green trees, quaint small towns filled with lovable characters. You begin to relax and admire the wildflowers, maybe you stop for a bite at a cafe, enjoying the people you meet.
The landscape begins to…Continue
Added by Peg Syverson on May 26, 2011 at 9:06am — No Comments
Having just completed a retreat in the UK with the focus of "Living Together," and using the precepts as a guide, I also referred to the retreat and the precepts in today's Inquiry. Attached here is one way the precepts have been opened up beyond prohibitions. This comes primarily from the work of Cheri Huber and Diane Rizzetto with adjustments and additions by me. I hope this is helpful.
Added by Flint Sparks on May 17, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments