Classes and Gatherings Schedule

SMS Retreat and Events Schedule

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Jan
8
Mon
2018 Practice Period: January 8 – February 18
Jan 8 – Feb 16 all-day

Practice Period 2018 Begins!

Tomorrow evening we will formally begin our Practice Period, which will extend until February 18.  After our period of meditation and precepts recitation, we’ll have tea and cookies and time for discussion about practice, practice period, the doing and the non-doing of it.

What’s a practice period?  Fundamentally, it’s a period of time during which you are invited to indulge your desire to devote more than usual of your time and attention to your Zen practice.

In a very real way, this can be a time to do something useless, to drop the weight of utilitarian concerns and allow yourself to be deeply curious about….what you are deeply curious about.

Below you’ll find information about some offerings, in addition to the regular schedule of meditations, talks and discussion, that will be available to you to support your Zen practice.   A commitment form will be provided for your use in thinking about what time and energy you wish to devote to this process at the Community Night tomorrow; or, for you to download here https://gallery.mailchimp.com/bbc7215f79587650dd5f75ed6/files/cdea884a-8f5b-43d1-b27e-3cff226bdcd6/2016_PRACTICE_PERIOD_REGISTRATION_FORM_Springs_Mountain_Sangha.doc.  You’ll be creating your own practice period, in company of your sangha-mates.  This can include a deepening of sangha relationships and support, as well as solo practices .

 
Diamond Sutra Study Series
with Sarah Bender

January 14, 21, 28;  February 4, 11, 25
Sundays, 3 to 5 PM  at Creek Bend Zendo

Text:  The Diamond Sutra , translated by Red Pine
Contact: Sarah Bender   sembender@gmail.com
Suggested dana: $60 for the series

 

 

Introduction to Zen Practice
with Sarah Bender and assisting members

               January 25,  February 1, 8, 15, 22

Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 PM  at Shove Chapel

Contact: sembender@gmail.com
Suggested dana: $50 for the series (CC students free)

 

 

SMS Integrative Retreat

This is a chance to enter into meditation and inquiry, going in and out of silence and conversation with others, while we hang out with a particular story, koan or text.

This one may be centered around the Ox Herding Pictures, but stay tuned…still a bit in flux.

Friday evening, February 16 to Sunday afternoon,  February 18, 2018,
with Sarah Bender, Roshi

 Franciscan Retreat Center (FRC), Colorado Springs

$175 Full-time only, non-residential scholarships available

Registrar:  Robert King @ kingrh@comcast.net
registration deadline February 1, 2018 – firm!  

 

Jan
25
Thu
Introduction to Zen Class with Sarah Bender, Roshi @ Shove Chapel
Jan 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Details TBD

Introduction to Zen Practice @ Shove Chapel
Jan 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Improbable Feast: an Introduction to the Zen Practice of this very life

 

Zen, a meditation-centered Buddhist tradition, starts with considering that this very life of yours, this very body, heart and mind of yours, might make up the stuff of your liberation…and the liberation of all of us.

You explore this possibility by stopping right in the midst of everything and being very still, listening, opening body, heart and mind to what is offered.

Zen has evolved, over many centuries and through different cultures, methods and means of supporting this very simple, but not easy activity.

In the Open Source, our particular stream of Zen, we especially delight in working with koans, which are both tool and a means of deep, artful play for awakening.

This introduction to Zen practice will give you tools to get started with an uncomplicated, straightforward kind of meditation. You might be amazed to find that being still can reveal the vast, luminous space in which every tiny bit of your life arises, an unending generosity that can sustain your heart and build the courage to meet the challenges of your today.

When: Thursday evenings 7 to 8:30 PM
January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22
Where: Shove Chapel on the CC Campus
1010 North Nevada
Suggested Donation: $50 (Free for CC Students)

Contact: Liz Cramer @ elizabeth.cramer51@gmail.com

Jan
28
Sun
Diamond Sutra Study @ Creek Bend Zendo (Sarah's Home)
Jan 28 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

An Invitation to Diamond Sutra Study in Community, with Sarah Bender, Roshi

January 14, 21, 28 7528 Jenkin Place (Creek Bend Zendo)
February 4, 11, 25 Text: The Diamond Sutra
Sundays, 3 to 5 PM Contact: Sarah Bender sembender@gmail.com

Suggested dana: $60 for the series (bring to the first session)

In recent years, our community has found that taking up one of the foundational Buddhist sutras together has strengthened our understanding and practice of Zen in surprising ways. These ancient writings are often challenging, and one can wonder, at the outset, how they can meet us here—-how can these sometimes foreign-seeming texts help us with our oh-so-perplexing modern dilemmas?

They do. Not because they are historically important, or intellectually fascinating, but because they are transformative, if you are willing to really get down and dirty with them.

Here’s what Red Pine, the translator whose work we’ll lean on this time, says in his introduction, after spending a great deal of time getting intimate with this text.

The Diamond Sutra may look like a book, but it’s really the body of the Buddha. It’s also your body, my body, all possible bodies. But it’s a body with nothing inside and nothing outside. It doesn’t exist in space and time . Nor is it a construct of the mind. I’ts no mind. And yet because it’s no mind, it has room for compassion.

Wait, what? This text, which fits into 27 pages, is all that? And already I don’t get it.

Well, what if it’s not about getting it, or for that matter not getting it?

What if this is really embodiment: an invitation to be in, to be next to and to be the body of Awakening? Is that not what we are longing for? A way to embody the awakening we so yearn to offer this suffering world, to be its body? What if this embodiment is to be found right inside the very gu of our own lives and the stuff of the world, and this funny book has some magic, “has room for compassion?”

I’m going for it: I’m ready to dive in again for the first time (since my notes seem like faint messages from another life, anyway) and invite you to join in.

Here’s how we work: We’ll be dividing the 27 pages of the text into 6 more or less even chunks, and we’ll take up a chunk at each session. You’ll be free to read as much of the section of corresponding commentary as you do.

At each session, we’ll sit for a while in meditation, then I’ll talk a bit (15 to 20 minutes) and then we’ll gather dreams and have discussion.

Please respond to Sarah if you plan to attend. A copy of the Diamond Sutra will be sent to you via email.d

Feb
1
Thu
Introduction to Zen Class with Sarah Bender, Roshi @ Shove Chapel
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Details TBD

Introduction to Zen Practice @ Shove Chapel
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Improbable Feast: an Introduction to the Zen Practice of this very life

 

Zen, a meditation-centered Buddhist tradition, starts with considering that this very life of yours, this very body, heart and mind of yours, might make up the stuff of your liberation…and the liberation of all of us.

You explore this possibility by stopping right in the midst of everything and being very still, listening, opening body, heart and mind to what is offered.

Zen has evolved, over many centuries and through different cultures, methods and means of supporting this very simple, but not easy activity.

In the Open Source, our particular stream of Zen, we especially delight in working with koans, which are both tool and a means of deep, artful play for awakening.

This introduction to Zen practice will give you tools to get started with an uncomplicated, straightforward kind of meditation. You might be amazed to find that being still can reveal the vast, luminous space in which every tiny bit of your life arises, an unending generosity that can sustain your heart and build the courage to meet the challenges of your today.

When: Thursday evenings 7 to 8:30 PM
January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22
Where: Shove Chapel on the CC Campus
1010 North Nevada
Suggested Donation: $50 (Free for CC Students)

Contact: Liz Cramer @ elizabeth.cramer51@gmail.com

Feb
4
Sun
Diamond Sutra Study @ Creek Bend Zendo (Sarah's Home)
Feb 4 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

An Invitation to Diamond Sutra Study in Community, with Sarah Bender, Roshi

January 14, 21, 28 7528 Jenkin Place (Creek Bend Zendo)
February 4, 11, 25 Text: The Diamond Sutra
Sundays, 3 to 5 PM Contact: Sarah Bender sembender@gmail.com

Suggested dana: $60 for the series (bring to the first session)

In recent years, our community has found that taking up one of the foundational Buddhist sutras together has strengthened our understanding and practice of Zen in surprising ways. These ancient writings are often challenging, and one can wonder, at the outset, how they can meet us here—-how can these sometimes foreign-seeming texts help us with our oh-so-perplexing modern dilemmas?

They do. Not because they are historically important, or intellectually fascinating, but because they are transformative, if you are willing to really get down and dirty with them.

Here’s what Red Pine, the translator whose work we’ll lean on this time, says in his introduction, after spending a great deal of time getting intimate with this text.

The Diamond Sutra may look like a book, but it’s really the body of the Buddha. It’s also your body, my body, all possible bodies. But it’s a body with nothing inside and nothing outside. It doesn’t exist in space and time . Nor is it a construct of the mind. I’ts no mind. And yet because it’s no mind, it has room for compassion.

Wait, what? This text, which fits into 27 pages, is all that? And already I don’t get it.

Well, what if it’s not about getting it, or for that matter not getting it?

What if this is really embodiment: an invitation to be in, to be next to and to be the body of Awakening? Is that not what we are longing for? A way to embody the awakening we so yearn to offer this suffering world, to be its body? What if this embodiment is to be found right inside the very gu of our own lives and the stuff of the world, and this funny book has some magic, “has room for compassion?”

I’m going for it: I’m ready to dive in again for the first time (since my notes seem like faint messages from another life, anyway) and invite you to join in.

Here’s how we work: We’ll be dividing the 27 pages of the text into 6 more or less even chunks, and we’ll take up a chunk at each session. You’ll be free to read as much of the section of corresponding commentary as you do.

At each session, we’ll sit for a while in meditation, then I’ll talk a bit (15 to 20 minutes) and then we’ll gather dreams and have discussion.

Please respond to Sarah if you plan to attend. A copy of the Diamond Sutra will be sent to you via email.d

Feb
7
Wed
Steering Committee Meeting
Feb 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Monthly SMS Steering Committee Meeting.  All are welcome.

 

For location or questions, please contact Robert King at kingrh@comcast.com.

Feb
8
Thu
Introduction to Zen Class with Sarah Bender, Roshi @ Shove Chapel
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Details TBD

Introduction to Zen Practice @ Shove Chapel
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Improbable Feast: an Introduction to the Zen Practice of this very life

 

Zen, a meditation-centered Buddhist tradition, starts with considering that this very life of yours, this very body, heart and mind of yours, might make up the stuff of your liberation…and the liberation of all of us.

You explore this possibility by stopping right in the midst of everything and being very still, listening, opening body, heart and mind to what is offered.

Zen has evolved, over many centuries and through different cultures, methods and means of supporting this very simple, but not easy activity.

In the Open Source, our particular stream of Zen, we especially delight in working with koans, which are both tool and a means of deep, artful play for awakening.

This introduction to Zen practice will give you tools to get started with an uncomplicated, straightforward kind of meditation. You might be amazed to find that being still can reveal the vast, luminous space in which every tiny bit of your life arises, an unending generosity that can sustain your heart and build the courage to meet the challenges of your today.

When: Thursday evenings 7 to 8:30 PM
January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22
Where: Shove Chapel on the CC Campus
1010 North Nevada
Suggested Donation: $50 (Free for CC Students)

Contact: Liz Cramer @ elizabeth.cramer51@gmail.com