Weekly Meditation Group Meetings, Mondays 7 – 9 p.m.
The meditation group meets regularly on Monday evenings at the Applegate Civic Center in Applegate, California. The evenings include half hour periods of meditation, scripture recitation followed by tea and Dharma discussion. Meditation instruction is available for those new to the practice.
The first Monday of each month is what we call a “Meditation Evening”. On these evenings there are three sequences of meditation, walking meditation and a short break. Meditation periods begin at 7, 7:30 and 8 pm. You are welcome to join us for any or all of the sittings. There is no discussion or tea on Meditation Evenings.
Summer Dharma Reading and Discussion
Zen Questions by Taigen Dan Leighton
On June 10th we began discussing the book Zen Questions by Taigen Dan Leighton. The book is described as “exploring the foundational practice of the Zen school–and presenting it as an attitude of sustained inquiry that offers us an entryway into repose and joy. Leighton draws deeply on his own experience as a Zen scholar and teacher to invite us into the creativity of Zen awareness and practice. He explores the poetic mind of Dogen with the poetry of Rumi, Mary Oliver, Gary Snyder, and even “the American Dharma Bard” Bob Dylan. What’s more, Leighton uncovers surprising resonances between the writings of America’s Founding Fathers–including Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin–and the liberating ideals at the heart of Zen”. You are welcome to join us for the discussions without reading the book, though many of us find that doing the readings is helpful. Members of the meditation group are invited to take the lead in introducing chapters or sections of the book and facilitating the discussions.
Monday, June 10th
Kim Woodward led the evening Dharma discussion on Part 1 of Taigen Dan Leighton’s book “Zen Questions”.
Monday, June 17th
Continuing our Dharma discussions on Part 1 of the book “Zen Questions”, Andrea Spark led talked about Taigen Dan Leighton’s reference to “Practicing with the Sixth and Eighth Consciousness”, an ancient Buddhist teaching from India called “Yogacara”. Andrea explored connections between this teaching and our sense of “reality” in this human realm.
Carol West will lead the discussion, finishing Part 1. For those of you reading along, please find something from this first part of the book that particularly speaks to you to share in the Dharma discussion.
We will be joined by Rev. Vivian Grunenfelder for our Meditation Evening. Rather then three sittings, we will have two, beginning at 7 and 7:30 pm followed by tea and a Dharma Discussion with Rev. Vivian.
Judy Brown will lead the Dharma discussion exploring “Expressing the Dream within the Dream” on pages 89 – 97 in Part 2 of “Zen Questions”.
The weekly meetings are open to anyone interested in learning more about this form of Zen Buddhism. There is no charge or membership required to participate. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings, classes and retreats take place at the Applegate Civic Center, 18014 Applegate Road, Applegate, CA.