Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wednesday, February 9, 2011-Next Year in Jerusalem/ Welcome, Taido Sensei

There is an old Jewish parting, "Next year in Jerusalem".  Well, that is in effect what we said last night at the conclusion of our last Tuesday Night Group meeting in our living room.  I have been teaching in the living room since I left Kanzeon in July.  Next week we will gather not in Jerusalem, but in the new Boulder Mountain Zendo City Center space.  Diane, Musho, will inaugurate the space this coming Saturday with a Lotus Lounge gathering.  And my group will meet there on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.  Come a bit early if you would like a cup of coffee or tea and some conversation.  (We still need a coffee pot and tea kettle and cups, but they'll materialize.)  I am sure you will like the space Diane designed.  Urban, a bit hip, and intimate.  Intimate is most important.

Our subject will be Steven Hagen's book, Meditation--Now or Never.  You can check it out on my "Books" tab under "Teachers" at the BMZ website.  It is a wonderfully accessible primer on Zen meditation, meditation that is your practice each moment of your life.

Finally, in this transitional moment in the lives of so many Salt Lake City Zen practitioners, I want to welcome the news that Rich Taido Christofferson, Sensei will be returning to what was and I believe will once again be Kanzeon Zen Center.  With Genpo's announcement of his intention to disrobe and step back from teaching, Taido will be assuming the responsibility for the center and the sangha.  He was a steady practitioner long before I walked into Kanzeon, and his return will bring a much needed sense of stability to that community.  Diane and I look forward to working with him as we broaden the reach of Zen in Utah.  Deep bows, Rich.

Thank you all for your support in this bardo.


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