WINTER INTENSIVE 2017
The Shadow in the Room: Three Tenets Mala Practice
Led by Eve and Genyo, January 17 - May 6
What an amazing time we live in! These past months have caused many of us to question some basic premises and assumptions we’ve had about our country, society, and maybe even ourselves. Questions about diversity and values thMala Practice Instructionsat we thought settled arose all over again, like ghosts that can’t find rest. Each week we will invoke these ghosts as the shadows in the room, which we will meet with our practice.In questioning the Other, we can’t but help question ourselves.
What an opportunity for experiencing not-knowing and invigorating the practice of the Three Tenets.
- Not Knowing, giving up fixed ideas about ourselves and the universe
- Bearing Witness to the joy and suffering of the world
- Loving Action that arises from Not Knowing and Bearing Witness
We will follow the lead of Roshi Egyoku Nakao at the Zen Center of Los Angeles and do a Three Tenet Mala practice this winter. This involves creating a mala, a small bracelet of beads, to guide us through the process of working with the Tenets. The beads, solid and tangible, provide a physical framework within which to work. Holding them as we proceed with the practice helps make it less abstract and takes us out of our heads.
The Three Tenets Mala process is described in the Mala Practice. We have also prepared a much shorter “crib sheet” you can keep with you throughout the day to remind you of the process. Please use the Three Tenets Mala practice in any situation — a conflict with someone, a difficult situation at work, a time when you feel stuck, a reflection on an aspect of your life, etc. No situation is too big or too small, too serious or too mundane. The tactile quality of holding the beads will ground you in the Three Tenets and help you untangle and clarify the situation you find yourself in and how to respond.
Please commit to doing this practice during the Winter Intensive. Look at How to Make a Three Tenets Mala and Mala Practice, and bring your malas to the Entering Ceremony on January 17.
We are deeply grateful to Roshi Egyoku for creating and formulating this practice. We have simplified it somewhat, and have deep faith in its power to deepen and renew our study-practice.