Peaceful Dwelling 2018
From September through December 2018, you are invited to strengthen your commitment to your Zen practice as we recognize the traditional season of “Ango” or Peaceful Dwelling. Raising the level of your practice during this time alleviates self-centeredness, and produces greater concentration, joy and freedom. Your practice may take many forms: increased sitting time, doing your first or more frequent retreats, dropping an unhealthy habit, committing to a discipline of service or self-care: anything that strengthens the attention-energy you give to wholesome, beneficial, creative and helpful actions, and reduces the attention-energy you give to mindless, habitual, or self-destructive tendencies.
The Buddha said: “Everyone has the Wisdom and Virtue of the Buddha. Their attachments and deluded thoughts obscure it.” What we practice when we practice is to bring these obscurations to awareness, so that our intrinsic wisdom and virtue can shine.
Sharing Ango commitments is a wonderful way to encourage each other in practice as a community. I invite you to share your practice through the anonymous form submission below.