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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Just plain sitting...and upcoming January 4 retreat day

Sitting enables and forces us to discover all the ways "I'm" doing the universe, or "I'm" believing thoughts about the universe. We see all the ways that thinking and feeling are interfering, all the ways they are getting in the way of this blank slate that we always are right now, this original face that is functioning., responding, and manifesting morning to night. Because I believe thoughts, feelings, and emotions, this original face seems not at all this life. Holding on to body-mind habits, we miss this that we are from the beginning ---just this....from Elihu Genmyo Smith in NONSELF in everything is the way, pg. 162
a half day or day of silent meditation/contemplation

For this retreat, if you are not a Chan (Chinese Zen) practitioner, you may bring your own silent meditation/ contemplation practice. If you do not presently have a practice, or are interested in Chan meditation practice, please contact Adrian a couple of days before the retreat.

Bring your own cushion; chairs are available. Bring a veggie lunch with a little left over to share, and eating utensils.
Limited seating, please RSVP.
Contact Adrian Symonds: 250-650-9055 or
January 4, 2015 8:30 a.m to 12; 1:15 to 5 p.m. – Salish House, Lewis Park Recreation Centre, Courtenay Cost: by donation

1. MAIN WEBSITE: Cosmos Chan Zen Community at
2. Master Cheng Yen in Facebook;
3. Listen to dharma talks with Gilbert Gutierrez
4. Listen/download audio talks from the Tallahassee   Chan group at
5. the Western Chan Fellowship at
6. Questions?  Adrian at 250 650 9055; and this blog

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