Monday, July 09, 2007

The Nature of Zen

For more photos of the retreat click here: Retreat Photos

"Our way is to practice one step at a time, one breath at a time, with no gaining idea."
Shunryu Suzuki-roshi

The first day of our retreat was HOT! As the days passed it grew cooler each day. We went out on walks each morning and returned to Tassajara for lunch each day. In the afternoons we had dharma discussions in the Kaisando (founders hall) with a short meditation period.
The incredible gift of the natural hot springs (the hottest in the mountain range) along with the delicious meals makes it a good place to "practice" waking up to our lives.
Deep Bow, Steven

"The secret of Soto Zen is just two words: not always so."
Shunryu Suzuki-roshi


Lee~William said...

the sign points to the spirit of zen

Like something Roshi Jiyu Kennett once said: “..this body is as transient as dew on the grass passes as swiftly as a flash of lightening not waste time rubbing only part of the elephant ..look inward and proceed directly along the path that leads to the Mind (Buddha mind) ..”

Lee~William said...

what a wonderful retreat was just so