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Lions Roar : May 2006
SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2006 26 thoughts. They don’t go away, but there’s a vast difference between identifying with the clouds and identifying with the vast sky within which the clouds appear. Iden- tifying with “I-as -awareness,” rather than “I-as -a-me,” is like identifying with the sky, and from that awareness the clouds are never as substantial as they appear from the inside. For example, anxiety may arise, but within the wider container of open awareness we can experience the anxiety but not be anxious. The little sense of “I-as -anxious,” which normally pre- dominates, gives way to the bigger sense of “I-as -awareness.” To live increasingly from the sense of “I-as -awareness” is an essential aspect of living an awake life. Here is where we can experience the profound meaning of the Zen phrase “marvelous activity—chop- ping wood and carrying water.” This is not the narrow experience of absorption, nor of losing the sense of self; rather, it is an awake presence. Immersed in activities, there is a knowing of who we are—that we are more than just this body, just this per- sonal drama—and the clarity and wonder of our basic connectedness increasingly becomes a lived reality. Of course, this description of what it means to live awake is not like a scientific formula. But neither is practice. In fact, the attempt to define and confine practice as one thing is much too limiting. Prac- tice is not science; it is much more like art, where we have to deal with the world of subtlety, paradox, and mystery. But that does not mean that practice has to be mysterious. The more we understand the subtleties of the continuum of awareness, the less we’ll be seduced into a single, lim- ited view of what living awake means. It’s not just about being one with our experi- ence, any more than it is just about being mindful or spacious. It’s not just about anything. But living awake, if it had to be distilled to its most essential compo- nents, would always include a diminution of the self-centered story of “me”; a sense of presence, of “hereness”; and perhaps above all, the heartfelt sense of connect- edness that is the essence of who we are and the source of compassionate living. ♦ The Maezumi Institute is the major study/practice center of the Zen Peacemakers, offering training paths, study programs, and hands-on internships to Zen Practitioners, peacemakers, and social activists. The Institute consists of five major tracks. For latest program schedules, please visit www.zenpeacemakers.org/programs 177 Ripley Road, Montague, MA 01351 413-367-2080 x8# firstname.lastname@example.org • Zen ROSHI BERNIE GLASSMAN’S SCHEDULE • Social Enterprise • Peacemaking • Multi-faith • Sacred Arts WORKSHOPS Exploring Precepts I: Zen Ethical Codes Co-led by William Bodiford , Griffith Foulk, Richard Jaffe, Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara, Sensei Eve Myonen Marko, Dharma Holder Paul Genki Kahn. 3 Days: Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23, 2006 Exploring Precepts II: Zen Ethical Codes Follow-Up Investigation Co-led by Paul Genki Kahn, Sensei Eve Myonen Marko, Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara 3 Days: Monday, April 24 through Wednesday, April 26, 2006 Maezumi Institute Opening Ceremony Co-led by Roshi Bernie Glassman, Dr. Peter Gregory, Junyu Kuroda, Roshi, Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara. 1 Day: Sunday, May 14, 2006 African Safari with Peter Matthiessen Co-led by Roshi Peter Matthiessen and Roshi Bernie Glassman 17 Days: Monday, July 24 through Wednesday, August 09, 2006 Located in Tanzania, Africa Surrendering to the Sacred Led by Frank Ostaseski 2 Days: Saturday, September 16 through Sunday, September 17, 2006 Bearing Witness at Auschwitz Birkenau Co-led by Roshi Bernie Glassman, Sensei Eve Myonen Marko 5 Days: Monday, November 06 through Friday, November 10, 2006 Located in Oswiecim, Poland Japan Tour: Temples and Traditions Faculty: Roshi Bernie Glassman 16 Days: Monday, September 11 through Tuesday, September 26, 2006 Located in Japan MONTHLY OFFERINGS Shabbat Celebration Co-led by Rabbai Efraim and Rosalie Eisen Christian Vespers and Meditation Led by Father Bruce Teague Schmoozing with Bernie Led by Roshi Bernie Glassman and friends The Way of Spiritual Companionship Led by Shakyha Fariha al-Jerrai WEEKLY OFFERINGS Zen Meditation and Zen Service Wednesday and Friday, 6:30am to 8am Saturday 9-10:30am Led by Sensei Eve Myonen Marko Zen Meditation and Study Tuesday 7pm-9pm Led by Sensei Eve Myonen Marko Kirtan Monday 7:30pm Led by Shubalananda Yoga Led by Jeanie Earlbaum Thursdays at 8am 51463 1/27/06 12:38 AM Page 1 May all beings be peaceful. May all beings be happy. May all beings be safe. May all beings awaken to the light of their true nature. May all beings be free. ss_sixth_ad_02_03_06v3.indd 1 2/6/06 1:49:24 PM