A twist of smoke draws a squint from us all But no one saw the same gray ribbon We huddle around fire in a trance Inside is a silent gray sea we can sense We swim together in a silent sea And cast language nets over mystery Each word we use carries a net Or bears a kite tail that turns and flips in the wind The common wind carries separate seeds We meet where we touch shared earth The earth is our witness The elements our difference Our differences are total We all speak sangha as a second family We bring shards of family to the group And heaps of gooey longing too We share longing and divide resources We make silence together and combine into chords We shovel silence in turns Like filling a grave with dirt Filling a grave with peace We buoy each other with close by knees Close by knees and hearts in a row There is no space between the warmth Space fills with our particulars While time wears off the edges Cushions and nests don’t have edges We never let our fledglings fall Falling back and letting go Our private efforts, common goals Each private inhale smells incense A twist of smoke draws a squint from us all
* This poem uses the Duplex form invented by Jericho Brown.
The altar from our recent Rōhatsu retreat (Dec. 5–7)
Introduction to Meditation
Are you interested in meditation? In starting to practice on a regular basis? Ready to jump off now or prepare to hit the ground running (or sitting ). We want to help you with the skills you need. We offer an Intro class to review the basics of sitting and form, depending on your physical needs, and end with a 30 minute meditation. Udumbara Zen Sangha is a welcoming community of zazen practitioners.
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