August 27th, 2013
We should always remember that meditation is the cultivation and practice of nonattachment. The Buddha taught only the middle way, and mindfulness is nothing but the middle way. It is neither an intense practice, nor can it be done without effort. It must be done with balance. Properly done, it is neither detached pushing away nor egoistic clinging. Be very careful about sitting down with ideas like, “I am sitting, I am watching, I am breathing, I am meditating, I am this, that is mine.
–Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, Mindfulness with Breathing
Tuesday Aug 27, 8:30am
Friday Aug 30, 7:00pm
This Week’s Koan
Gateless Gate #1
A monk asked Joshu, in all earnestness: “Does a dog have Buddha Nature?”
Joshu answered, “Mu. (No.)”
The Sangha meeting for Aug. 30 will follow a different format. In lieu of tea, discussion and chanting, there will be three 25 minute sits interspersed with walking meditation.