Erin: Zen master Cijiao of Changlu wrote “…at all times use whatever means expedient to preserve the power of concentration, as if you were taking care of a baby.” Babysitting sitting practice tonight! We’ll open wide our lens of concentration, noticing the minutiae of sensory experience arising and passing on the vast canvas of awareness.
Jeff: Many times I’ve heard Shinzen say how we begin with trying to fit meditation into our lives, but over time, a figure ground reversal can happen: our lives become more meditative. In part, that means they become simpler. Amidst the growing complexity of our entanglements, we find ourselves beginning to appreciate simple things. Things well done. Simple pleasures once overlooked in the momentum of our busy days. This Monday, we slow things down and explore how relaxing our awareness and valuing simplicity can change our experience of meditation.
Waiwaiwait. I thought it was one thing? It is. But it’s also two things that are the same thing. All the things really. Sound opaque enough? Great. We’ll make it literal, yaw from one point of awareness to the fringes of the spacious edges on which it hangs.
James: Riffing off Baso and Hyakujo’s goose fest, we will explore what the riddle points to, begin with the simplest taste of concentration, trying to pour our awareness as fully as possible to an object of attention, see how much real estate it can take up, taste the flavour of absorption (licorice!).