Meditation in Worship?

In the current Confession and Forgiveness we are using at St Mark, in recognition of the contemplative nature of Lent where it normally says “silence is kept for reflection and self-examination” it says “an extended silence may be kept.” “How extended?” I wonder… It happens after the sermon too, with … Read more

Slow Down!

If you walk into a Zendo (meditation hall), there doesn’t appear to be a whole lot going on. Perhaps a Sutra (Buddhist scripture) is recited or chanted. Maybe tea is served, ceremonially. But mostly it’s just people sitting. It requires very little instruction to join in. One could literally show up … Read more

Beginner’s Mind

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” So begins Shunryu Suzuki’s beloved Zen classic Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. When something is new, we bring a fresh awareness, openness, and curiosity. When something is familiar, we don’t have to pay as close attention to it. … Read more