Dec. 12 – 18

Discipline is essential — but it can all too easily become stoic, militant, even grim.

Spiritual work is serious — but not somber.

– Ezra Bayda and Josh Bartok

THIS WEEK

READING:

Charlotte Joko Beck, Nothing Special,
Chapter: “The Eye of the Hurricane”, p. 67.

MEETINGS:

All meetings at:
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Common Room
4225 NW 34th St
Gainesville, FL 32605

Dec 9
FRIDAY Evening Zen, 7pm to 8:45pm.
Two sits, chants, dharma talk.
Zen Interviews with Meredith available.

Dec 10
SATURDAY Morning UU Meditative Worship Service, 11am – noon.
A hymn, a 20-min sit, sharing, a reading, discussion, a hymn, a shorter sit, closing.

Dec 13
TUESDAY Morning Zen, 8:30am – 9:30am.
1 sit, discussion.

CASE:

Book of Serenity, #82: Yunmen’s: “Voice” and “Color”

Yunmen instructed the assembly and said, “‘To realize the way through hearing a voice, to enlighten the mind through seeing color’ — Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara comes with some small change and buys poor rice cakes.
If he throws it away, he will get nice manju cakes instead.”

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About mgarmon

b. 1959; grew up VA, NC, AL, GA; also lived in TX, TN, MN, and now in FL; m. 1979; 1 daughter, b 1980; 1 son, b. 1982; div. 1997; m. 2000; Honduran son, b. 1987, adopted 2004; schooled: U West Ga, Emory, Baylor, UVa; UTS; MLTS. Former philosophy professor, now a UU minister and zen student.

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