Nothing beats the party like atmosphere of Fridays at Green Gulch. Most people have the day off (except the poor saps in Guest Programs, but seriously, thank you to the Guest Program for taking care of the folks who pay our bills, if you read the SFGate article about Zen Center you would know that 85% of our revenue comes from program offerings). So really the fun starts Thursday evenings when there is no evening zazen. I meet friends in the yurt where we can play music and do yoga and even dance wildly. I am currently obsessed with Rihanna's "We Found Love" song which serves as the perfect antidote for any down or tired mood.
This morning started an epic day of meals with homemade biscuits and gravy and seitan sausage prepared by the one and only Bryan Clark. I also paired my breakfast with a "poor man's mocha" of coffee, cocoa mix and soy milk. Lunch will be bag lunch with tempeh "tuna" salad and finally finished with pizza night and dessert.
But this morning I am on fire! I got my hair trimmed by a lovely guest student. I hung up framed art in the room, and I will be hiking to Slide Ranch with some other gardeners to visit the baby goats.
Other updates: (1) I successfully completed my first one day sit! We sit 9 periods of zazen (meditation) between 5am and 6pm along with several periods of walking meditation, a few breaks, oryoki (see previous post for description) breakfast and lunch and a tea break. By the end of the day I was so full of love for everyone I was luminous (and maybe a little wild eyed). (2) I will be feeding the roses tomorrow a mixture of blood meal, feather meal, alfalfa meal, kelp meal and gypsum. Does that mean they are not vegetarian? (3) After the wild week of rain we are currently at 13 inches for the season which is still half of what we normally get between October and now. The ironic fact is that we are in “drought conditions” and when we got all that rain, it stirred up the spring so much we couldn’t drink it and Green Gulch was in shortage mode on drinking water! (4) I included below the link to Steve Stucky's dharma talk which includes the sweetest Buddha love song. Stay tuned for a link to Fu Schroeder's talk on "War and Peace."