As some of my followers may know I am heading to Gyobutsuji Zen Monastery in a month!
I am incredibly excited about this and being part of the project! As I have on my main page Gyobutsuji Zen Monastery is a place dedicated to making spiritual practice available to everyone.
- You don’t have to believe a set of teachings!
The idea is to have a place of practice that is accessible to all people and which respects the natural environment as thoroughly as possible 🙂
Now maybe I should inform my readers of the practice. Gyobutsuji Zen Monastery is based around Zazen. Zazen is Zen meditation and in this tradition it is “Simply Sitting”.
The exact translation of this style of Zen meditation is Shikantaza “nothing but precisely sitting”.
You simply learn to Sit. There is no dogma or things you have to believe to practice.
You don’t have to sit in a certain way though there are suggestions that help with balance and or comfort.
The idea is to start being present. To become more aware of the content of your life, identity, and the changes that are arising and changing moment-by-moment.
At first your mind my race, then usually it will begin to settle down. Then you may find a great sense of peace and “Awareness” that pervades. As this begins to get deeper you will start to intimately understand “Who you are” and “What life is”.
It’s not a conceptual type teaching or practice it is an experiential one. It is the intimate process of truly spending time with yourself in a silent and centered way.
At the monastery the teachers are there to help guide you and answer questions as you go. The practice is one of learning to be more and more open and putting an end to stress in even it’s most subtle forms. To truly be free.
This is being offered all by donations and any religion, creed, ethnicity, age, and other factors are welcome.
On the offerings tab of Gyobutsuji Zen Monastery you will see the poem of the flower and the bee. That in a sense is our mission.
To simply greet all that can be helped in anyway in their life with loving-kindness and not expect or ask for anything.
I would truly recommend taking a trip to this monastery if you are able in your life or to help support if this is something you value and or think is a positive addition in the world 🙂
In the United States of America.