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Off My Chest? It would be nice...

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Last weekend we tried to make it out to participate in a Boundless Way Zen sesshin but had to turn back as our daughters health wasn't up to the journey.  It seems that the days of us packing our family in the car and making our way to the East for retreat are over, and it its place I suppose Rev. Do-on and I will take turns flying out.  This feels a loss to me on many levels, one of which is the time together.  Another of which is how much I'm going to be able to meet with my teacher James Ford in Dokusan - seems like it will be roughly about half as often as it has been over the past several years.

Humph.

And this weekend we hosted Bill Gleason Sensei at Shobu Aikido of Ohio in what felt to me to be another end of an era moment with one of my teachers.  The teaching and practice with Sensei were great as always.  We have been fortunate enough to be able to bring Gleason Sensei here every 3 months to guide our practice for the past many years - maybe 10 or so?  But now thing…

Keeping the Lightof Practice On

A New Drinking Gourd Podcast: Listen Here.

Recorded on December 15th, 2010.  This talk and discussion with the Reverend Jay Rinsen Weik explores a letter by Japanese Zen teacher, Enni Bennen as it relates to keeping practice going, even when it is not easy.