This time of year we look forward to the return of green trees and colorful gardens. The scented air and the warm skies are wonderfully reassuring. We may be reminded of a phrase we chant each morning in the dedication to the “Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo”: “May the mind-flower bloom in eternal spring.” How, we may wonder, is the mind like a flower? Why, in the midst of endless change, would we wish for eternal spring?
To understand these questions requires a careful, nurturing practice. Thus, in the spirit of perfecting our spiritual skills, Great Wave Zen Sangha announces its Mind-Flower Spring Zazenkai, which will take place on March 28, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. This retreat will be dedicated to the cultivation of the paramitas, or “perfections” of practice. With opportunities for meditation, scripture recitation, Dharma teaching, and daisan with Gendo Sensei, practicitioners will be able to deepen their exploration of the six paramitas of generosity, morality, patience, effort, meditation, and wisdom.
As always, everyone, regardless of experience, is welcome. Our retreat will take place at the Hall Guest House (with optional coffee, tea, breakfast snacks, and early-morning socializing starting at 7:15 AM).
To participate, please register and pay the $30 retreat fee by no later than March 26. (Your timely registration and payment allow us to plan a menu and make other arrangements.)
We look forward to practicing with you!