Happy Holidays Everyone:
We will be meeting this Thursday for a sit and short talk/discussion. We will not be in the Chapel this week. The church is having a Christmas program next door. Instead we will meet in the Colonial Room. To get to the Colonial Room you must enter from the rear of the building on 10th Ave. Go to the top of the stairs, down the hall and it is the 1st room on the right. You need a code to enter so we will have someone sitting at the door until a little after 7pm.
Given that it is Christmas eve, we will only meet for an hour and a half. We will have a 30 minute sit, dharma talk and discussion around the 3rd Oxherding story.
At last our oxherder gets a clear glimpse of the Ox. In this third story, he/she has seen mind. Through practice she has seen both the constriction and openness of mind. He knows practice can be trusted as another way to view the world. She doesn’t completely understand at this point, but the possibility of what this means is endless.
This story points to what happens when our practice begins to take shape in a serious way. We know now that liberation is true – not because some teacher told us, but because we have seen for ourselves. We have seen suffering and the end of suffering. We don’t yet understand how suffering arises nor how it ends. We just know the truth of its existence and cessation. This is our first glimpse at mind. It is exciting but we are ready.
I hope to see you tomorrow…
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS THE LAST SIT OF THE YEAR. WE WILL NOT MEET ON NEW YEARS EVE. WE WILL MEET AGAIN ON JANUARY 7, 2016!