Things are not as they seem, nor are they otherwise

From Steve:

The koan appears unfathomable. The famous oak table we can knock our knuckle on – solid – is almost entirely empty space. Our perceptions are useful (we can unflinchingly enjoy breakfast seated at the oak table) and unreliable. There is unobserved spaciousness all around us.

The thoughts, feelings and perceptions awash in our minds can seem like a solid stream. Recalling the stout oak table, the mind, too, is almost entirely spaciousness. It just appears crammed with thoughts. Aware and attentive, clarity settles in and we find expansive, abundant peacefulness as the mountain valley in which our stream of thoughts runs.

We have the habit energy of acquiring the truth, fortifying and differentiating our selves. Things are not as they seem – spacious and not solid. Nor are things otherwise. There is no solid truth to hold on to, not even spaciousness.

To look deeply is first to let go of our notion of perceiving and knowing. A devastating loss?

Announcing: “Even-Steven Wednesdays”

Dear Sangha,

Effective immediately, Wednesday evening meditation will meet only on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month.  Hence the phrase “Even-Steven Wednesdays.”  Get it??

Thus, there will be no meditation practice this Wednesday.  We will meet the following Wednesday, according to this new schedule.  So, just remember ”Even-Steven Wednesdays”, and you will know what Wednesdays we are meeting. We are still convening at the Davenport School of Yoga, 7:15pm.  We look forward to seeing you there!



Join us for a Day of Mindfulness in the Country

Join us for a Day of Mindfulness in the Country

Where: LeClaire, Iowa
When: Saturday, May 17th, 10AM-3PM with a social hour of desserts and tea afterwards
What to bring:
* Please bring a vegetarian or vegan main dish to share for our “pot-karma” lunch.

  • Wear comfortable clothes for indoor sitting meditations and bring outdoor shoes, hat and jacket as needed for the outdoor walking meditation in the woods. RSVP by Wednesday, May 14th. For directions and questions, call Joyce @ 563-381-7525 or Leslie @ 563-505-8798
  • Sponsored by Prairie Oaks Sangha & Quad City Medita-tion.

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