Meeting notes

We meet every Monday in Wooster from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. All are welcome. For directions or other questions email ohioberg@gmail.com .
The MINI RETREAT that was scheduled for Saturday, Sept 11th has been CANCELED. It will be rescheduled soon.
Sangha notes for 9-6-2021: An excerpt from a dharma talk by Zen Master Sueng Sahn:     Long ago an eminent teacher said, “Before the Buddha came to Kapila Empire or was born of his mother, he had already saved all people from suffering.”This is having a thousand mouths and not needing them. If you understand this then you will understand that in the palm of your hand you hold the noses of all the eminent teachers from the distant past to the present. So you will first attain. If you do not understand you should not speak, for that is only blood dripping. It is better for you to keep your mouth shut as spring passes. 

MONDAY MEDITATION LOCATION: We meet every Monday at 7:00pm. If you would like directions, or have any other questions, ask Steve at ohioberg@gmail.com
MINI RETREAT: Saturday, Sept 11th, 8 am to 3 pm, Dalton, Ohio. Meditation, walking, chanting. To ask questions or register, contact Steve at ohioberg@gmail.com
Sangha notes for 8-23-2021: An excerpt from “Comfortable with Uncertainty” by Pema Chodron:
Moving away from our experience, away from the present moment with all our habits and strategies, always adds up to restlessness, dissatisfaction, unhappiness. The comfort we associate with concretizing and making things so solid is transitory, so short lived. Moving into our experience brings us an enormous sense of freedom. In the meantime we discover that we would rather feel fully present to our lives than be off trying to make everything solid and secure by engaging our fantasies or our addictive patterns. We realize that connecting to our experience by meeting it feels better than resisting it by moving away. Being on the spot, even if it hurts, is preferable to avoiding.

Sangha notes for 8-16-2021: An excerpt from “My Heart is a Golden  Buddha” by Soen Master Daehaeng:

     If you want to practice spiritual cultivation, don’t go looking for a hermitage someplace far away. Spiritual practice doesn’t depend on some special place, time or technique. Know that your body, your thoughts,  and right here, right now, are the hermitage where you have to practice.     So, regardless of who you meet or what kind of difficulty you encounter, never see that as something other than yourself. Entrust it to all your foundation.      When we live like this, everything in our life functions together, as one mind, and so we can live freely. It’s practicing like this, with what arises in our daily life, that is the essence of true spiritual practice. 

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