This Sunday’s schedule will be based on private interview mode. Private interview or Dokusan is a dynamic opportunity to meet privately with a Zen Buddhist Monk, in a formal atmosphere, to begin clarifying the depths of our being. Nothing is given to a student in Dokusan, only reflected and clarified. This may seem confusing if we enter this exchange with the idea we need to learn something or obtain something. Usually we view the teacher as the vehicle by which to obtain this. This view leads to frustration and disappointment as our desires are not satisfied. Many times we go stomping off in anger, “This is not what Zen is about that teacher has no idea what he is talking about. I know what Zen is about, I read books!” Frequently our spiritual pangs are misunderstood and we begin to seek relief through external means, or we begin to solidify our fantasies about some “enlightened state”. The result inevitably leads to disappointment. The concept of “enlightenment” is like dangling the proverbial carrot in front of the horse in Buddhism. The patriarchs were so playful, and we fall into their skillful traps time and time again. Ya Ya! Off we go galloping full speed ahead, our blinders obscuring our view from everything but, this great carrot! We believe, “If I can just get that carrot things will be so different. I will feel good all the time, like I should. This carrot will pacify all my sorrows and I will never want again.” Like Narcissus, we gaze into the pool and fall in love with a reflection, without ever realizing its true origin and place. Dokusan is an opportunity to clarify this origin, via a relationship which sets into motion the alignment and dispersion of teacher and student.

4-5:30 Zazen
5:30pm – Samu
6:00-6:30pm – Zazen
6:30-7:30pm – Private Interview with Rev. Joriki Dat Baker