As many of you are already aware, June 4, Wind-in-Grass will be presenting its 5th full day meditation workshop.
The theme will be Career and Meditation ("Zen and the art of making a living"?). Broadly, we will be exploring the seeming contradiction between a meaningful career and its responsibilities, and a spiritual practice and discussing how to navigate, and combine the two.
But I thought it would be an interesting experiment to give the Sangha the opportunity to shape the talk that affects us all (well, not you trust fund babies): What interests you about this subject?
This has been sent around internally. Some of the initial responses have been:
"At the end of the work day, I am all worked up, mind moving a mile a minute. Its a high, its stressful, its exhausting. After a day of meditation, its like the opposite- I feel calm, centered, relaxed. The obvious answer to resolving the contradiction seems to be "make work your practice", but how can really do that?"
"Things that come to mind are: -Are my life [work] and my practice two different things?- Obviously that is a stacked question, because my experience is that they're not. But I do still watch my mind create that distinction. and from here are all the little assumptions that arise from making that distinction: I need time to have a spiritual practice Practice is what I do on the pillow Wanting to make a living is somehow wrong This should look different blah blah blah...."
"Does awakening mean I am going to have to leave my corporate job?"
"Should I chase my passion or be happy with 'just a job'? Where's the balance?"
PLEASE use the comment section to build the discussion, even if you are not thinking of attending, your experiences and questions are what this practice is all about
“A Course on Koans” is the delusion-riddled work of Chris Kufu (“Wind in the Void”) Wilson, who began practicing Zen in 1967. He regards Taizan Maezumi, Robert Aitken, and David Weinstein as his root teachers. Each of them pecked at his shell until he “completed” the never-ending koan curriculum of the Harada-Yasutani lineage.
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