Weekly Programs and Formal Sittings
March 10.: We will have a program this Sunday, 9:30-11:30 a.m., followed by a sangha potluck, as always
March 17 and 24: no open program (because the sesshin – retreat)
March 31.: Program this Sunday, 9:30-11:30 a.m., followed by a sangha potluck.
Evening Sittings: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7-9:00 pm
Please join us for these combinations of zazen, dokusan and (on Tuesday) chanting. They’ll be happening whenever we are not in sesshin or on holiday:
Tuesdays: March 12 / March 26 ?
Thursdays: March 14. / March 28.
> March Spring Equinox Sesshin (Mar 16-23):
Applications due by Monday, Feb. 25
Help needed: If you have any extra time and would be willing to help out at Windhorse, we’d love to have you! So much to do, so few to do it. Please contact us if you have even a little time to lend a hand with sesshin preparations.
Stephen Nachmanovitch, author, dharma practitioner and musician, is coming to Windhorse in early May —
From Sunya-roshi: “15 to 20 years ago I discovered Stephen’s book Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art. It’s a true treasure, one of my all-time favorite books. Over the years I’ve often used stories and passages from it in teisho; I also gave a copy of it to our teacher Philip Kapleau, who loved it too.
Now Stephen has a new book out, The Art of Is, and he’ll be at Malaprop’s on Thursday evening, May 2, to give a talk and do a book-signing.
He’ll be staying with us at Panther Branch, and will be doing a workshop at the Violet Owl (near Jubilee on Wall St.) on Saturday, May 4th, 4:00 – 7:00, on Creativity and the Spiritual Path.
So mark your calendars — we’ll be sending a link out soon with a flyer, with more information. And please pass the word on to anyone you think may be interested.
“Improvisation, it is a mystery. You can write a book about it, but by the end no one still knows what it is. When I improvise and I’m in good form, I’m like somebody half sleeping. I even forget there are people in front of me. Great improvisers are like priests; they are thinking only of their god.”
— Stephanie Grappelli, from the introduction to Free Play
Sunya’s podcasts have been available on iTunes, and can also now be found on Spotify. You need to sign up to access Spotify but it’s free (here’s a link: Listen on Spotify!), . Some have recommended Podbean – we’re still working on finding the best, most accessible venues. Thanks for your patience, and we appreciate your suggestions and feedback!
Getting Started at Windhorse Zen Community
Beginning a Zen practice at Windhorse is quite simple: send an email and/or give us a call (contact info below) to schedule a first sitting at the center in Alexander, NC, about a 20-minute drive from downtown Asheville.
We ask everyone, whatever their background in practice, to go through a basic orientation, which generally takes about 45 minutes.
The best time for new people to come for this is usually on Sunday morning at 8:45, before the 9:30-11:30 program of zazen meditation and dharma talk. If that doesn’t work for you, we can arrange to meet before a Tuesday or Thursday evening sitting, which begins at 7:00 pm. More information >>>