A Simple Life

Kevin:  One retreat, someone asked Shinzen his thoughts on how it was that some people ‘wake up’ without any practice*. While the most of us seem to need hours, days, years, decades of consistent dedicated practice, others don’t! It’s just naturally there, or spontaneously occurs without any practice whatsoever. Shinzen answered that, if he were to guess at a common denominator, it would be: living a simple life. Maybe this tracks with why we typically create simplified conditions (silence, stillness) when we meditate; why we willingly give up the complications and distractions of daily life in order to Retreat into our practice for weeks at a time; Or why renunciation and asceticism have  traditionally been so central to monastic life. Tonight we will explore letting go of the ways in which we needlessly complicate and obscure the joy and peace of living in and from simplicity!