Weekly Update for 5/4/17

May 4, 2017

Greetings Community,

My talk last night went better than I had hoped and it was filmed! I’ll post it as soon as I get the final cut. Now I’m busy getting ready for Alex and Alyson Grey this weekend. I’m curious to hear what they’ll say this time, it’s always entertaining.

In This Issue:

  • Robert MacNaughton is organizing a book study group for Ken Wilber’s new book, The Religion of Tomorrow.
  • We’re going out into the world to volunteer for a Bridgehouse soup kitchen again this Friday.
  • We have a new Zen Meditation group led by new member Paul Gyodo meeting Monday evenings.

There’s a lot of great events so look at our online calendar for more info and any last minute changes.

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In Community,
Jacki Saorsail
jacki@integralcenter.org
Membership Coordinator, Building Manager, etc.

The Religion of Tomorrow Book Study Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1411660292214023/

This group is for discussion related to the reading of Ken Wilber’s latest book “The Religion of Tomorrow”.
The primary function of this reading group involves two structures:
1.) Weekly (loosely) facilitated zoom video calls discussing each week’s chapter, and
2.) This FB group, please read the following for basic guidelines.
We’re requesting that members refrain from posting unless it’s related to the content of the book, and ideally the chapter we’re actively exploring.
After the reading of the book is complete, all bets are off… but until then we plan on keeping to the context in service of those who are actively doing that.
I won’t hesitate to remove trollers and spammers, and delete unrelated posts/comments.

Bridgehouse Community Service

Friday May 5th 4:15pm – 6:15pm St. John’s Episcopal Church

 

“You just being here and having a smile on your face, giving good healthy food, being willing to talk to people for a while will make a difference.”

You will be giving a good healthy meal to someone who really appreciates it with hands-on and direct service to about 100 homeless locals in boulder at Bridge House – A Local Soup Kitchen at the First United Methodist Church.

We’ll want to aim for about 8 – 10 volunteers during those hours.

“Volunteering is more than just serving food, it’s about relating & human interaction.”

There will be minimal preparation because all food is provided: yummy, warm and healthy. You will have a chance to serve food and also a chance to sit down and talk to folks during the meal if you want to.

To volunteer for Bridge House is to experience and participate in that sense of humanity with the homeless and less fortunate to show that people really care, are compassionate and have enough interest to come and share their hearts with them.

WE are The Integral Center.

It takes a village to make a difference and we need you as part of our community. Let’s bring our practice. Let’s come together and give back to boulder.

RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/218450018647717/

Zen Meditation and Dharma Talk

Mondays 6:00pm – 7:30pm (5:30-7:30 1st Mondays) in the Community Lounge

 
Monday, May 1 (First Monday of each month)
Introduction to Zen with Paul Gyodo, Sensei
5:30pm-7:30pm
Zen meditation is the practice of loving presence, unmediated by theories and concepts. In Zen practice we discover our natural integrity and authenticity at the source, allowing the wisdom of our bodies to manifest in each moment.
The Zen tradition was born in the middle of the 1st millennium C.E., when the wisdom teachings of Indian Buddhism met the spirit of Chinese Taoism. A rich tradition of contemplative practices emerged from this marriage, including meditation on koans and the active aliveness of shikantaza (just sitting). Non-doctrinal and non-dogmatic, Zen reveals the extraordinariness of ordinary life.
 
This session will include a brief (45-minute) introduction to the history, spirit and practices of Zen; instruction in basic meditation technique (as needed); zazen (sitting meditation); and Q&A/group discussion.
All levels of experience are welcome.
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Mondays at Integral Center 
Zen Meditation with Eon Zen Sangha
6:00pm-7:30pm
 
Zen meditation is the practice of loving presence, unmediated by theories and concepts. In Zen practice we discover our natural integrity and authenticity at the source, allowing the wisdom of our bodies to manifest in each moment. The power of stillness and silence are magnified with group practice.
Join the Eon Zen Sangha in meditation, discussion and community. Each session includes a Dharma Talk by Paul Gyodo, zazen (sitting meditation), discussion/Q&A, and community sharing. Dharma talks are drawn from Gyodo Sensei’s 30 years of Zen practice with the Sanbo Kyodan koan tradition, and bring to life fundamental Zen teachings on intimacy, loving presence and bearing witness in the practices of non-duality and not-knowing.
Paul Gyodo, Sensei is transmitted Zen teacher in the White Plum Zen lineage, a successor of Shishin Wick Roshi (Great Mountain Zen Center, senior successor of Taizan Maezumi, Roshi, Zen Center of Los Angeles). He founded the Eon Zen Center in 2017, and teaches Zen as Adjunct Faculty at Naropa University. His academic career included undergraduate study in Physics, and graduate study in Literature. He has had a long career as an Internet Technology Entrepreneur, co-founding several tech startups that served the non-profit and arts communities.
Sincere practitioners of any experience level are welcome.
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