Roshi will use next week’s sesshin (September 29 – October 6), led by Amala-sensei, to visit family – sisters, in-laws, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, et al. – with his wife Angela in Santa Fe. Therefore, there’s no dokusan next week. (Because of sesshin, there’s also no private instruction.)
Bodhidharma Day (Tuesday, October 9)
After sesshin, on Tuesday, the Center and the zendo will be set up for the annual ceremony that honors Bodhidharma, the “Bearded Barbarian,” who founded Zen in China. We’ll sit for two short rounds, and the ceremony will follow (no private instruction or group instruction that night). Beginners are always welcome!
Term Intensive (Thursday, October 11)
Two days later, on Thursday evening, we kick off our fall three-week Term Intensive. This program is an excellent and proven way to harness the support of others to step up your daily sitting and to get a solid start on whatever new disciplines you want to develop. Even if you’re new to the Center and feel your commitments may be too modest, don’t hold back! It’s a great way to strengthen practice, with the support of many others. Further information is available here.
Book Club Update (December 2)
From Susanna Guarino:
Next book club meeting: Sunday, December 2, 6:30 p.m. All are welcome!
Book: The Snow Leopard by Peter Mathiesson
We will be discussing the entire book, as this meeting is more than two months in the future. I’d suggest picking it up and getting started sooner rather than later.
See you then, and happy reading.