Wagesa – received in Jukai ceremony
In Zen, a retreat is called sesshin, which means “touching the heart-mind.” Unlike daily home sitting or even our weekly sangha zazen on Mondays, sesshins offer us the opportunity to explore Zen practice more fully, more deeply, in the most tranquil and conducive atmosphere possible. It allows us to settle our minds to a degree that isn’t feasible under typical circumstances, and we get to do that together in an encouraging way.
Sesshin can be challenging, but if we hang in there, it serves as an anchor or cornerstone to our practice. If you have any interest in deepening your meditation, growing in your understanding of Zen, and meeting other like-minded friends who aspire to do the same, sesshins offer a unique opportunity to do this. There truly is no substitute for this kind of extended practice. Continue reading
We have a very special event coming up soon, and you’re invited. We will have a mini-retreat on January 31 from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. That’s “mini” because a regular zazenkai (one-day or weekend retreat) or sesshin (longer retreat) would involve overnight stays. We’re not there yet, but a mini-retreat we can definitely do, thanks to our wonderful location at Memphis Friends Meeting. Continue reading
For those who don’t know, we now meet at the Memphis Friends Meeting (Quaker) House every Monday, 5:45-7:15. Come join us sometime.
Our new schedule has gotten off to a fantastic start thanks to attendance at the Zen 101 orientation held on Saturday. We had 14 attendees, a few old friends from our previous location(s) and some new friends. Everybody was introduced (or re-introduced) to zazen as well as the basics of Buddha’s teachings, a little on the history of Soto Zen, and the lowdown on how our group fits into its larger organization, the Silent Thunder Order / Mokurai. Continue reading
After some months of looking for new sangha meeting space, I am happy to announce that we have reached an agreement with the Memphis Friends Meeting House at 3387 Walnut Grove Road. We will begin meeting regularly on Monday evenings sometime in mid-late July, which will give us time to get the word out. Continue reading
I’m sure folks have been wondering what is going on with us since we currently can’t meet on a regular basis. And also – how did we end up with no practice space anyway? Here’s a brief run-down on what happened, where we are now, and what the future may hold for us. Continue reading