February 2012: Looking Ahead


Inquiry with Zen Texts

7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1, Woman’s Club, 20 Mesa Road

Sarah Bender, Sensei, and David Gardiner, Ph.D., from the Colorado College religion department, will share a contemplative conversation based on short classical texts from the Zen Buddhist traditions of China and Japan. Participants will read and discuss koan texts and more conventional, yet rich, spiritual writings. Explore different ways to read Zen texts that invite deep inquiry into the great matters of life and death with grace and humor. Series continues Feb. 15 and 19.

Stopping Together in Midwinter – A Meditation Retreat

6:30-9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17 and 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18

As the days grow longer and the shadows grow shorter, we will have the opportunity to hear winter’s swan song alternate with the deep silence that extended sitting confers. For those of you who have never experienced the profound silence that is the gift of a retreat, this will be a perfect way to get a tip-of-the-tongue taste of the mystery of deep meditation. There will be extended sitting, work in the room with Sarah, and Dharma talks.

Cost: $75 (some scholarship money is available).

Meals: We will share three meals Saturday, to which we will all contribute.

Signup deadline: Feb. 10 (please let us know as soon as possible if you are thinking of participating).

More information: Steve Milligan, steve_milligan08@comcast.net.

Koan Circles

Feb. 12, and March 4 and 18

Koans are Zen devices both poetic and practical – stories, dialogs, images, questions – that can find the chinks in the armor of your heart-mind and pop them wide open so the real you can breathe and walk freely on the empty sky. When we take them up together, they gain the power of our collective awakening. And it’s a little like sharing dreams… each of us goes home with a richer imagination, a more sophisticated palate for enjoying the taste of life. Anyone is welcome. Sundays, 3 to 5 p.m., 7528 Jenkin Place. Contact sembender@gmail.com.

Sangha Life Meetings with Sarah Bender, Sensei

Feb. 8 and March 14, 6:30 to 8:15 p.m., 7528 Jenkin Place

These meetings are small-group explorations of the practice of spiritual friendship in community. Lately we’ve been exploring a number of aspects of speech in community – speech that helps us flourish as individuals and in community (and what to do when it doesn’t!). As one friend says, “We’re all Bozos on the same bus,” and we need each others’ help to grow wiser in the Dharma.

Work in the Room

• Saturday, Feb. 4, with Sarah Bender, Sensei

Dharma Talks

• Monday, Feb. 20, with Sarah Bender, Sensei

• Monday, Feb. 27, with Andrew Palmer, Sensei

Weekly Meditation Schedule

Location: Shove Chapel, 1010 North Nevada Ave., on the Colorado College campus

Monday Evenings, 6:10-8 p.m.

• First Monday of the month: 25-minute period of meditation, Sutra Service, second 25-minute period of meditation.

• Second Monday: Meditation, recite Precepts, Community Night.

• Third Monday: Meditation, Dharma Talk.

• Fourth Monday: Meditation, Dharma Talk.

• Fifth Monday: Meditation, Way Seeking Mind talk by a Sangha member.

Wednesday Mornings: 6:30-7:30 a.m.

• Two 25-minute periods of meditation with walking meditation in between and vows at the end of the hour. We offer incense at this service.

Saturday Mornings: 6:30-8:30 a.m.

• First Saturday: Four-period meditation, Work in the Room with Sarah Bender, Sensei.

• Second Saturday: Four-period meditation.

• Third Saturday: Four-period meditation, Work in the Room with Andrew Palmer, Sensei.

• Fourth Saturday: Four-period meditation.

• Fifth Saturday: Three meditation periods with Way-seeking Mind talk during the third period.

• After the meditation, many of us walk to a nearby coffee shop for breakfast.

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