Sunday, February 19, 2006
Today the Ordinary Mind group held its first one-day sitting, from 8:00 to 5:00. Despite the freezing rain and highway obstacles resulting from the Austin marathon, hardy participants came and sat together, some from as far away as San Antonio and Longview. The morning began with the regular Sunday program followed by tea and cookies, more zazen, lunch, work practice, a short talk ("You can't have what you want; you can't do what you want; but you can be what you want to be.") and an open sitting period. It was lovely to sit together for an entire day, to work and eat together informally. We discussed whether to keep the one-day sittings as brown-bag lunches, or whether to provide lunch and suggest a donation, and also whether to offer optional sitting that runs later in the evening. If you have opinions about this or other suggestions for the one-day sittings, please contact Peg.