Thursday, September 19, 2013

Upcoming Courtenay 2 day Intro to Chan Meditation with Diane Kennedy

Please join us Oct 26/27 and meet our new Chan Dharma teacher.

"To be attached to things is primordial illusion" implies that it's not the awareness itself that is the problem, but the clinging to it. For example, I cling to the feeling that I am separate from others and am thus unable to accept the fact that I am the others (and visa versa). We have to be able to see both relative and absolute at the same time and to live and function freely in both spheres simultaneously. That is freedom. Sticking to either side is illusion and bondage. At the same time, however, our practice requires that we stick to one side or the other in order to experience it. Having done that, we must unstick ourselves by letting go of the realization, but we must first have the realization. Just living in the state of oneness without actually experiencing it, is not enough. The fish that hasn't yet realized it's swimming in water is a potential Buddha. A potential Buddha is still a Buddha, of course, but only a potential one. A child of the Buddha is a Buddha and, at the same time, a child. The child has to grow up. And there is no way not to grow up!...from Infinite Circle, Teachings in Zen, by Bernie Glassman, pg. 90-91.

Please note: there will be no class September 26!
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Please note the change of phone number, Adrian at 250 650 9055,

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