Today our book club met. We had a good discussion on the introduction to Shunryu Suzuki’s Sandokai lecture series. The book is called Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness. The intro was really inspiring a whole host of thoughts and reactions, and members took the opportunity to talk not only about the text, but other thoughts, ideas, and personal experiences. We always have a good chat.
For next time, we’ll talk about the first six lectures in the book. These chapters / lectures each cover a couplet of the original Sandokai text, and are rich without being over-wrought or showy.
Anyways, please join us if you can.
March 16th, 8 to 10 am, at All Beings Zendo in Adams Morgan.
- All Beings Book Club Folks
This week Reigen Danny Parker Sensei is visiting the DC area. He will being offering a Dharma Talk for All Beings Sangha during our regular Thursday evening practice. His talk is inspired by the teachings of Kobun Chino Roshi on “practicing enlightenment”.
7pm opening service
7:25 Sensei Reigen’s Talk
8:00 Period for questions
Greetings All -
We’ve put a few upcoming events on the events page. A Dharma Talk, a guest speaker, a half day sit, and book club discussion. Check them out, and we hope you can come.
Stay warm, everyone!
- All Beings
Hey everyone -
Just yesterday, the reading group finished our third and final session discussing Red Pine’s Lankatavara Sutra. I think we all agreed it was a tough read, but a good text to come back to periodically. You can read paragraph after paragraph and be totally confused, but then stumble across a passage that really resonates. Amazing for a text as old as it is, and Red Pine’s notes and presentation are, as always, just top notch.
Next we’re going to read the Fukan zazengi, Dogen’s classic, short pronouncment/manifesto ‘Recommending Zazen to All People’. It’s short, practical, and very beautiful.
There are numerous translations of this text. Here are a few on the open internet for your reading pleasure:
Again, it’s very short, folks – most translations clock in at under three pages.
We’ll meet on Sunday, January 19th to talk about this text. Hope you can make it!
2013 Fall Practice Period Lankatavara Sutra Tea