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buddha face3:58 am. Already awake, my body on monastery time, anticipating the morning bell. As it turns out, I’m still at home and have another hour before heading to the ferry for today’s silent retreat on Mayne Island. Seventeen of us (if everyone shows up) will be practicing sitting and walking meditation, doing work practice, eating lunch, listening to a recorded talk by a  teacher, and generally paying attention to our breath in each precious moment. May I suggest you take few moments today to sit and turn inward? Nothing special.

Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself. Your body and mind will become clear and you will realize the unity of all things.

~ Dogen Zenji (1200-1253), Japanese Zen master, founder of the Soto school


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  1. Syvia Boorstein wrote a do-it-yourself retreat guide called ‘Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There!’ That phrase has become a favourite for when I’m getting frazzled and disconnected. I’m glad you had a good retreat experience.


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