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Springs Mountain Sangha December 2014 Newsletter

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
Ongoing  Events

Newcomer Orientation: 2nd Monday of the month, CC Shove Chapel, Dharma Hall upstairs at 5:45 pm to meet anyone who would like some orientation to meditation, to our tradition, or to our sangha and customs.
Dharma Study and Discussion: Each Monday 5:15 pm, CC Shove Chapel, Dharma Hall downstairs.

Zen Threads: Note!  There will be no Zen Threads in December as we are having the Buddha Wakes Retreat at Creek Bend Zendo

Dharma Talks:
December 15 Sarah Bender, Sensei
December 22 Andrew Palmer, Sensei

Work in the Room: December 20 Andrew Palmer, Sensei.

Steering Committee Meeting: December 9 Contact: Robert King @ kingrh@comcast.net) for updated information

Way Faring Mind Talk: Monday, December 29 Jacque Minehart

Body of the Way Practice Period
We hope you are enjoying your own deepening practice, knowing that others are experimenting with you:  What is a practice period?  What is yours?
November 29, Saturday
As part of our Body of Awakening practice period, at 8:00 AM Sarah Bender ail lead a period of guided walking meditation - an exploration of this ancient and present, always available practice.
Ongoing Practice of Refuge with Precepts Study: 3rd Session lead by Sarah Bender, Sensei.
December 20, 10 am to noon
Center for Inner Peace, Pueblo
It is still possible to join this group of over 20 people, studying and practicing together.  If you would like to join in or would like to receive the mailings for this group, please contact David Cockrell, davidcockrell@comcast.net. We take these up together as ethical inquiry, and as vows.

Work in the Room: Andrew Palmer will offer additional appointment times during the practice period Thursday mornings, 10:30 to 12:30, at his home. alpsensei@gmail.com

Evening Meditation
Tuesday through Friday evenings
Dec. 2-5 6:30-8:30 pm
Creek Bend Zendo, 7528 Jenkin Place
During this last week of our practice period, if you’d like to be  able to hold a sense of retreat throughout the week, you are welcome to come and sit with us in the evenings, and then sit at home in the early mornings knowing that your sangha friends will be doing the same.  This will be very informal.  There will be tea and snacks downstairs, and you can just come and join in the sitting as you are able.
Buddha Wakes:  a Bodhi Day Retreat, December 6-7 at the Creek Bend Zendo
Each year we celebrate Shakyamuni’s Enlightenment by joining it:  entering into meditation, clearing our eye in the dark and lifting our gaze to greet the Morning Star.
This year we sit together Dec. 6 and on into Dec. 7, ending with brunch.  Please contact Steve Milligan, registrar @ steve_milligan08@comcast.net. (Deadline December 1) The retreat registration form can be downloaded from this link.
Looking Ahead

A Simple Sit

Time:      10:00-3:00

Where:   The Woman’s Club at CC, 10 Mesa Road

When:    January 3, 2015

Every so often, we gather together in community for a day, or part
of a day, simply to sit in meditation together, our basic,
transformational practice.  It’s a “bare bones” retreat.  Someone keeps time, and we sit in our regular rhythm, 25 min. of seated meditation, 5 min. of walking meditation.  Lunch is brown bag, and we eat together in silence and have some break time, between noon and 1:00 pm.  You are welcome to come for all or part of the day, and are invited to bring a short reading to share at the beginning of one of the meditation periods.

There is no fee for this; a dana bowel will be available to receive your contributions to the ongoing life of the sangha, with deep gratitude.

Nice way to begin a year together, don’t you think?

Zen Mind Beginners Mind
by Shunryu Suzuki

a book study
When:  January 2, 9,16, 23, 30
Time:    10 to 11:30 am
Where:  Becky Myers, 2127 N. Nevada

Leader: Clay Taylor @ bluewildrye@gmail.com

all are welcome to attend
The Sayings of Layman P’ang
translated by James Green

a Winter Dharma Study

When: Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Creek Bend Zendo
Teacher: Sarah Bender, Sensei
This translation has an informative introduction by Jeff Shore, and is a collection of stories and koans involving not only Layman P’ang but also his wife and brilliant daughter.  We could spend a good deal more than 6 evenings with this material, and maybe you will; it will serve as powerful and delightful material for our practice.  For more information contact Sarah Bender at sembender@gmail.com
And, of course, all are welcome to attend!

October 2014 Calendar

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

October 2014 Calendar

Ongoing  Events


Newcomer Orientation: 2nd Monday of the month, CC Shove Chapel, Dharma Hall upstairs at 5:45 pm to meet anyone who would like some orientation to meditation, to our tradition, or to our sangha and customs.
Dharma Study and Discussion: Each Monday 5:15 pm, CC Shove Chapel, Dharma Hall downstairs.

Zen Threads: October 4, Saturday
Saturday morning’s meditation schedule will be a little different on the first Saturday of every month.
6:30 to 8:00 AM Three periods of meditation as before
8:00 AM Robert King will talk about integrating dream work with Zen practice.  Discussion will follow, and we’ll close with our vows at 8:25 as usual.
Once our nomadic Dharma hall is packed away, all who are interested will go to Wooglins for breakfast and more conversation.

Dharma Talks:
October 20 Sarah Bender, Sensei

October 27 Andrew Palmer, Sensei

Work in the Room: October 18 is cancelled due to the retreat.  Kathryn will lead this Saturday’s meditation.

Steering Committee Meeting: October 1 6:30 - 8:30 at Liz Cramer’s house 533 Crystal Hills Blvd.  Contact: Robert King @ kingrh@comcast.net) for updated information

Harvest Retreat
October 15-19, 2014
The Abbey, Canon City

Someone asked Yaoshan, “what’s the most important thing about Buddhist conduct?”
Yaoshan said, “The main thing is not to flatter anyone.”  This person asked,
“What would your mind be like if you never flattered anyone/”
Yaoshan said, “even if you were offered the entire country,  your mind would never change.”

One of the beauties of our long meditation retreats is this:  we take time together, so much time to slow down, time to sit side by side in quiet and stillness, so much time to be simple and not try to prove anything or please anybody!

What is your mind like then?  Not to have to flatter anyone, even yourself?
What is it that doesn’t seem to change through all the changes?

It’s not so easy to create a time and space like this.  It takes the effort and expertise of a team and fortunately, we have that.
It takes the dedication of some experienced sitters, and we have that.
It takes the guts and curiosity of some newer sitters, and we have that.
It takes the offerings of many teachers, from way way back to now and onward, and we have that, too.

Our October retreat comes at that liminal time when things seems naturally to begin to slow and darken down, if we let them,
and we can ride that energy.  But it takes the doing of it, sometimes to overcome our reluctance to give ourselves to the silence
and to make ourselves subject to a simplified structure of life for a few days.  Are you up for it?
It’s an offering you can make to yourself, to your companions, and to this so needy world.
You darken down a little and get quiet enough to hear with your whole being the shining that needs no embellishment.

Body of the Way Practice Period

Beginning with our Harvest Retreat (October 15-19) and continuing through our Buddha Wakes Retreat of December 6-7, this Fall Springs Mountain Sangha will offer a practice period.  More complete information about the practice period will be coming soon, but here I’d like to offer a first introduction and an invitation for you to give your input.

Essentially your practice is your life, ongoing.  At the same time, a period of more intense and dedicated practice can bring renewed energy, insight and joy.  So your sangha wants to offer this opportunity.

A practice period begins with you.  You decide if you will commit to a time of more consistent meditation, study. expression.  If you do, reflect a little, envision this and choose how you’d like to do so.

Meanwhile, your sangha provides support for this effort:  lone inquiry, precepts study, meditation, sutra study, work in the room.

Please let us know what you would like to be part of.  Your ideas about this will be very important input.

Also, please let us know your preference re: a book study time:  Saturday morning, 10:00, or Wed. eve., 6:30?  Which is better for you?

Write to me at sembender@gmail.com.

Many thanks,
Sarah Bender

Looking Ahead
(mark your calendars!)

All Sangha Meeting

November 16th
Sunday 4
4:00-7:00 PM
The Woman’s Club, Colorado College
10 Mesa Road

This is our once-a-year meeting to elect a steering committee and approve a budget for the coming year.  It is also a wonderful opportunity to get better acquainted and share ideas about the sangha.  The steering committee will update us on any plans in the works and unite input on where we go from here.  Some of our best ideas have come from these meetings.  So put this date on your calendar and plan to join us if you can.

Buddha Wakes:  a Bodhi Day Retreat, December 6-7
at the Creek Bend Zendo

Each year we celebrate Shakyamuni’s Enlightenment by joining it:  entering into meditation, cleaning our eye in the dark and lifting our gaze to greet the Morning Star.

This year we sit together Dec. 6 and on into Dec. 7, ending with brunch.

More information about this retreat will follow