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The Week in Review through 11/2/08

Meditation:

Demon Feeding: 7
Prajna Paramita Practice: 2
Zazen (periods): 1

Chanting: 1

Teachings:

Talks attended: 1

Notes:

Zen Master Jibong gave a talk on growing up and taking responsibility without losing our childlike enjoyment of life. On the absolute level, form is emptiness. In 300 years, where will you be? Nothing we do matters. On the relative level, emptiness is form. One person can make a difference. Everything we do matters.

It was a profound teaching. I was ready for it, since my recent retreat. Prior to that, I don’t think I would have understood a word the man was saying. I’m sure he’s talked about absolute and relative truth before, but I swear I have no memory of those terms until Lama Tsultrim taught them at Spirit Rock. In the month since then, I’ve heard Jibong and Tim both speak of them many times.

Isn’t that interesting…?

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The Week in Review through 10/26/08

Meditation:

Demon Feeding: 7
Prajna Paramita Practice: 3
Zazen (periods): 5

Chanting: 2

Teachings:

Talks attended: 2

Books Finished: 1

“Dharma Punx” by Noah Levine

Notes:

I went to hear Tim, a Senior Dharma Teacher and abbot of the Golden Wind Zen Center, give a talk at Aikido-Ai on Tuesday. He spoke on “Polarity, Paradox and Poetry.” It’s hard to encapsulate a brilliant, 3-minute dharma talk, but here’s how I put it to my husband: the polarity is that, according to the Heart Sutra, form is emptiness and emptiness is form. The paradox is that both are true. The poetry is how you learn to accept that truth. After Tim’s talk, Zen Master Jibong answered questions from the audience. Then we had refreshments on the patio. A very pleasant evening.

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The Week in Review through 10/19/08

Meditation:

Demon Feeding:  7
Prajna Paramita Practice:  2
Vipassana (periods):  0
Zazen (periods):  0

Chanting: 1

Teachings:

Talks attended:  0
Talks given:  0
Interviews received:  0

Retreats (days): 0

Books Finished: 1

“Feeding Your Demons” by Tsultrim Allione

Notes:

My practice this week involved rescuing my husband, who was broken down by the side of the freeway, rather than going to the Zen Center.  Hard training.  🙂

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The Week in Review through 10/12/08

Meditation:

Demon Feeding: 9
Prajna Paramita Practice: 4
Vipassana (periods): 0
Zazen (periods): 3

Chanting: 1

Teachings:

Talks attended: 0
Talks given: 0
Interviews received: 1

Retreats (days): 0

Books Finished:
0

Notes:

I had a consulting interview with Tim.  I told him about my experiences on retreat, and he was very supportive of my having learned some Tibetan practices.