This Sunday Oksana Yoga Expedition took place at the Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center in Sausalito, California. For those of you who didn’t make it this time, this would give you an idea of what went on.
This following schedule is specific to Oksana Yoga Expedition Class and is not affiliated with the Zen Center itself, although, some activities are synchronized with the monastery.
9:30 am – Gathering at the Garden and meditating in the garden (or your personal favorite spot)
10 am – Lecture by Zen Center Abbot
11 am – Tea with muffins (bring $1.50 for the muffin)
11:15 – Shopping for greens and bread made by monks
11:30 – 12:30 – Exploration of the Temple and Farm (or second meditation session)
12:30 – 1:30 – Lunch cooked by monks and farmers (donation to monastery is suggested)
This week was special because the lecturer was the son of the founder of the San Francisco Zen Center, Mr Hoitsu Suzuki.
He spoke of Zen tradition in Japanese and noted that we have the best place to practice it here in the Bay Area. He was excited to see so many people concerned about the future of Zen and so many followers of this tradition here, more so than in Japan.
His lecture was full of philosophy of life. He spoke of the Mountain Person. One who takes the mountain with him wherever he goes, one who is one with the mountain. But the mountain is not “his”. He does not own the mountain. The mountain does not belong to him. Practicing detachment from the material things is part of the Zen tradition.
I am a Mountain Person.
More photos? See Expedition Class photo album.