Dana Dinner: The Perfection of Giving, with Ryushin Sensei and ZMM staff
|December 13, 2013||to||December 15, 2013|
Giving is a natural human impulse. How, then, does it become so complicated? The Buddhist practice of selfless giving offers a way to transform the intense and often conflicting impulses that arise when we give. When we actually experience — rather than believe in an idea of — our oneness with others, we encounter intimacy, which is the root of true generosity. Zen practice offers us a path to experience this oneness. In abandoning all of our attachments, we let down our barriers and allow ourselves to touch and be touched by everyone and everything.
Our study of giving during this retreat will be the Monastery’s twenty-fourth Annual Community Holiday Dinner. Following weeks of preparation, soliciting donations of food, clothing, and other gifts from local merchants, we begin the retreat on Friday evening with festive preparations for the Holiday Dinner. Then on Saturday, we open the Monastery doors to children and adults from the local community — including some living in nearby shelters and retirement homes — for a traditional turkey dinner, live holiday music, and a visit from Santa Claus. Everyone takes turns at the day’s many tasks: cooking, serving food, checking coats, directing traffic, washing dishes, and simply being present.
It’s an extraordinary weekend of challenging work and joyous, unpredictable teachings. It has the potential to allow us to open ourselves to others and really touch our heart.
About the Instructor: Ryushin Sensei received dharma transmission from Daido Roshi in 2009. He is the abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery. He began studying with Daido Roshi in 1987 and entered residency in 1992. Before becoming a resident, he worked as a pediatrician and a psychiatrist.
Cost: $200 (MRO Students: $150)