Mary Oliver - The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?

 

 

Weekend  Retreat with Jose' Ramirez, JDPSN

 

 

Weekend  Retreat with Jose' Ramirez, JDPSN

Friday April 12 - Sunday April 14, 2019
7:00pm Friday - 3:00pm Sunday


Temenos Retreat Center
1564 Telegraph Road
West Chester, PA 19382
TemenosCommunity.org

Please use the SignUpGenius Link below to register or make donations for the retreat.

Once you sign up, a PayPal invoice will be sent to your email address.
You do not need a PayPal account to to submit your payment for the retreat.

 

You are also welcome to pay by cash or check prior to the retreat. Bring your payment to a regular Thursday night practice, give your payment to Tom Hall

 

 Scholarships Available Upon Request. 



If you are unable to attend but wish to donate to support the retreat please follow the above directions, but indicate "Donation Only" at the SignUpGenius website.

 

Retreat Fees

$170.00 for non-members
$150.00 for KUZS members
$140.00 for Dharma Teachers or DTITs
Fees includes lodging and all meals


All retreats consist of sitting and walking meditation, chanting, bowing, kong-an interviews, work practice and formal meals. Practice is done in silence. All meals are vegetarian.  

 

José Ramírez, JDPSN is the Guiding Teacher of the Delaware Valley Zen Center, which he helped found in the Spring of 1999. He has been practicing in the Kwan Um School of Zen since 1994, and received Inka in April 2009. He has a degree in mathematics from the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela, and a Masters and Ph.D in statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his role as an industrial statistician he works closely with engineers and scientists to help them make sense of data. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island with his wife and daughter.

Follow this link to sign up for the April 12th retreat:
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Why participate in a retreat?

 

The reason we practice Zen is to understand ourselves completely and help this world. The suffering we experience in our own lives, and indeed the suffering of our world, comes from our inability to connect with our true self, which is originally compassionate and clear. It's as if the owner of a sophisticated piece of machinery has lost the original instructions that came with it, and has forgotten its original function. The result is confusion and harm. A retreat can be thought of as reacquainting ourselves with the original instructions that came with our model.

 

After his enlightenment, the Buddha said, "How wondrous! Everybody already has it; they just don't know it. Truly, all beings are whole and complete, lacking nothing." Sitting a Zen retreat is a vital part of the process of waking up to our true self.

 

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Practice Schedule

Practice is held every Thursday evening at the New Ark United Church of Christ, 300 E. Main St, Newark, DE 19711.

 

Practice begins at 7:00pm with a short orientation for beginners, followed by chanting. We then have two 25 minute periods of sitting meditation with a 10 minute period of walking meditation in between.

Beginners are encouraged to attend the free Meditation Instruction session offered the first Thursday of each month at 7:00pm

There is no fee to attend our practice, you do not have to be a member.

 

Monkey Mind Zen,

is a new DVZC satellite.

The group meets in Philadelphia.

For information about their practice visit:

http://www.mmzen.org/

 

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