These words Zen Master Dōgen (1200-1253) to his monks, in a lecture entitled Bendōwa or The Wholehearted Way, will provide the basis for this day of meditation and exploration of the practice of meditation.
We all come to meditation via a variety of routes and for different reasons, but when we eventually begin to engage in this simple practice, whether in the Christian or Zen traditions or in any other, we discover that its deceptive simplicity gradually unmasks us and requires just to ‘show up’ and ‘let go.’ This day will explore what’s involved in this.
There will be times of sitting meditation, as well as talks and other activities, including kinhin (walking meditation) and some simple bodywork based on Tai Chi warm-up exercises, intended to help free up the energy and let it flow.
Whether you are an experienced meditator with WCCM using a mantra or from another Christian tradition using a different form of meditation, whether you are familiar with Zen or sitting zazen or have never come across it before, or whether you are new to meditation of any kind or simply curious, there should be something in this day for all.
Refreshments will be served but please bring a packed lunch.