June 1, 2014

Full day retreat with visiting teacher from Spirit Rock.

Satipatthana-Vipassana. Alternating sitting and walking meditation.

Where water, earth,
fire, & wind
have no footing:
There the stars don’t shine,
the sun isn’t visible.
There the moon doesn’t appear.
There darkness is not found.
And when a sage,
a brahman through sagacity,
has realized [this] for himself,
then from form & formless,
from bliss & pain,
he is freed.

Bahiya Sutta | Udana 1.10

480 minutes combined | 8 hours total

May 31, 2014

Full day retreat with visiting teacher from Spirit Rock.

Satipatthana-Vipassana. Alternating sitting and walking meditation.

In reference to the seen, there will be only the seen.

In reference to the heard, only the heard.

In reference to the sensed, only the sensed.

In reference to the cognized, only the cognized.

That is how you should train yourself.

When for you there will be only the seen in reference to the seen, only the heard in reference to the heard, only the sensed in reference to the sensed, only the cognized in reference to the cognized, then, Bāhiya, there is no you in connection with that.

When there is no you in connection with that, there is no you there.

When there is no you there, you are neither here nor yonder nor between the two.

This, just this, is the end of stress.

Bahiya Sutta | Udana 1.10

480 minutes combined | 8 hours total

May 29, 2014

Zazen/Kinhin with the sangha at dawn, concluding with Bodhisattva Vows, the Heart Sutra, and raihai/prostrations.

Satipatthana-Vipassana and Metta-Bhavana with another sangha at noon. Mindfulness of mind (citta-sati) for the sake of clear mindedness.

Ngondro in the form of the outer preliminaries with yet another sangha at dusk. First time exposed to analytical meditation in the Tibetan tradition. Newness clears the mind of dullness.

195 minutes combined | 3.25 hours total

May 28, 2014

Zazen/Kinhin with the sangha at dawn, concluding with Bodhisattva Vows, the Heart Sutra, and raihai/prostrations.

Gatha of Atonement.

Zazen/Kinhin with the sangha at dusk, concluding with Bodhisattva Vows, the Heart Sutra, and raihai/prostrations.

150 minutes combined | 2.5 hours total

May 27, 2014

Zazen/kinhin with the sangha at dawn, concluding with Bodhisattva vows, the Heart Sutra, and raihai/prostrations.

An afternoon of metta-memorial service.

Sabbe sattā sukhi hontu.

May all beings be truly happy.

150 minutes combined | 2.5 hours total