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Chinese Ancestor Xiqian Shitou’s poem, “Song of the Grass Roof Hermitage.” 
Wednesdays 10/11, 18 and 25 and 11/1 (most classes at 6:30 p.m. after service)

The class will be on Chinese Ancestor Xiqian Shitou’s poem, “Song of the Grass Roof Hermitage.”
The poem is included below. It begins:

I’ve built a grass hut where there’s nothing of value.

After eating, I relax and enjoy a nap.

When it was completed, fresh weeds appeared.

Now it’s been lived in—covered by weeds.

The person in the hut lives here calmly,

Not stuck to inside, outside or in between.

We will use Ben Connelly’s commentary, Inside the Grass Hut: Living Shitou’s Classic Zen Poem.

Vasuvandu’s 30 Verses

Alternate Saturdays, beginning January 14 – mid-August
After morning program

 

Guidelines for Studying the Way
April 5, April 19, April 26, May 3
It is a great introduction to practice by our Japanese founder, Dogen Zenji. He tells us how to approach the practice and how to work with a teacher. Zazen is, of course in the middle of it all.” …[W]e can see that breaking bones or crushing marrow is not difficult, but to harmonize the mind is most difficult. Again, the practice of prolonged austerities is not difficult, but to harmonize bodily activities is most difficult.” Calming the mind and body, just sitting can be the most difficult. Let us explore this with our great master.

Charge for the class is $45. The text is in the book Moon In A Dewdrop, edited by Kaz Tanahashi. This fasicle was translated by Kaz along with Ed Brown. There will be copies of the fasicle available at the zendo so you need not buy the book. There will be a sign-up form in the Community Room.