May the Fourth Be With Us

“Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” – Buddha-Yoda

Oliver: The CEC is all about unbiased exploration of various ideas and belief systems. So why not include the realms of fiction? In celebration of international Star Wars Day, tonight we’ll check out some of the ancient wisdom embedded in the hugely inspirational series. Even if you’re not a fan of the movies, you may find yourself connecting to some universal truths and feel a bond with all beings in the galaxy.


James:  How did Chuang-tzu know if he was a butterfly dreaming he was a man, or a man dreaming he was a butterfly? He didn’t.  He just rolled with it. What he was talking about was not an insoluble puzzle, like, the Matrix or a 6-D sim that we need to break free of.  He was talking about change. From butterfly to man, from this seemingly solid stuff to dreams.  During this sit we are going to work on finding our resting position, see if we can trace the gossamer of what dreams pull us.


Jude: Inner peace: possibly the biggest cliche in meditation.  With all the restlessness and turmoil and chaos of the world, is there any hope for inner peace?  In my experience, not much. Well, not in a sustained way, at least not anytime soon. BUT, I can still manage to find this place, to tune in not only in my practice but also throughout the day.  This practice is intended to make inner peace a little more available to all of us.

Emptiness and Form

Jeff: Let’s see … “something something something,” then “nothing nothing nothing.” “Nothing,” you say? “Nothing of any importance,” you respond. “Well, that’s something.” “But it isn’t,” you insist! “It isn’t any thing at all.” etc etc. Yup, this week we’ll explore The Really Big Mystery of Emptiness = Form and Form = Emptiness. And by “explore” I mean I’ll say a few paradoxical words about a subject that I don’t really understand, and then I’ll guide a practice that may give some people a momentary flicker into one version of a mystery that no one else understands either. And that, my friends, is what’s known as meditative progress!