THIS WEEK July 11th

Sunday  July 13th, 10:30 – 12pm Meditation & Teaching with Michael Hofmann

Without a Lamp

Koan: Don’t light a lamp–there’s no oil in the house. It’s a shame to want a light. I have a way to bless this poverty: Just feel your way along the wall.

Yinyuan Longqi

Photo- The summertime lamps of Fireflies

Monday, July 14th, 7-9pm, Meditation & Teaching with Rachel Boughton

Me and My Hermits

Koan:
I went to a hermit’s cottage and asked, “Anybody in? Anybody in?”
The hermit lifted up her fist.
I said, “The water is too shallow for a ship to anchor.” And I left.
I went to another hermit’s cottage and asked, “Anybody in? Anybody in?”
This hermit too lifted up her fist.

I said, “Freely you give, freely you take away, freely you kill,
freely you give life.”
And I made a full bow.
My mind is always making up stories to explain its stories, or to explain the feelings I have, the judgments, the reactions. One day I look around and everything looks grim. The paint is peeling, the floor is dirty, I’m living in squalor. I probably deserve this, too, for being who I am. And then the next day, or a few hours later even, everything looks different: I’m full of bright hopes and appreciation, my body is happy to be here. The peeling paint is picturesque. We’re all in this together, it’s an adventure.

It’s good to notice the way my opinions aren’t really attached to anything solid. I feel what I feel, and that changes. Then I can see there’s something larger going on. Where praise and blame were taking up the view, awe might appear. This could be a good thing sometimes.

Come join us, a summer evening at the creek. Noticing our internal hermits. It’s community night so bring something to eat or drink afterwards, if you like.

(Stay tuned for live stream link for this talk) – next live talk is August 5th 7-9pm)

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Spread the word:
Office Rental Space is available at our beautiful Santa Rosa Creek Zen Center.

Shared furnished office space, view of garden and creek, good for psychotherapy, counseling, tutoring. Rent is $150 and covers one day per week for a full month.

Contact rachelcboughton@gmail.com for details.

Thanks! Rachel

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A Look Ahead …

Sunday, July 21th 10:30 – 12pm, Meditation & Teaching with Rachel Boughton.

Monday, July 22ndh, 7-9pm 7-9pm, Meditation & Teaching with Rachel Boughton.

Teachings:

‘What is this?’ 

A 5 minute guided meditation with curiosity and Rachel Boughton 2019

From Uncertainty Club’s Issue 3:

Fire, Water, Flow: Notes on a Creative Reverie by Corey Hitchcock 

 

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