Thursday evenings at 1st Presbyterian
We will meet for meditation on all Thursdays in June and July (except July 4) from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the fellowship hall. Our format for the first hour is two 20-minute periods of sitting in silence with a 10 minute walking meditation in between. For the second hour, we will be watching a portion of Fr. Thomas Keating’s “Spiritual Journey” series and sharing in discussion afterwards.
Tuesday evenings at Hei’s house
Hei has opened his house to those who would like to join him for meditation from 6:00pm – 6:30pm on Tuesdays (except June 11, 18 and 25). It is one half hour of sitting meditation. Please call him at 899-4845 for directions and to let him know that you are coming so he can prepare a place for you.
June Retreat Day
Saturday, June 29, 2013 8:30 am – 3:00 pm In the Fellowship Hall
A Day of Zen Sitting
Joseph and Hei will lead our retreat day with a focus on Zen meditation. We will have an hour and a half silent meditation in the morning, a two-hour talk and discussion time (featuring a reading from Suzuki Roshi), a lunch break, and conclude with another hour and a half time of silent meditation. Come join us as we learn from Zen practice how to deepen our silence and bring more love and peace into the world. Please bring a sack lunch. Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided. A freewill offering will be available.
Ongoing Hei’s Tai Chi class at Oldemeyer
Center (Tu/Thur at 10:30 am)
July 27 MMG Retreat Day 8:30 – 1:00 pm
Topic to be announced
August 24 Garage Sale at Hei’s house
8am – 12 noon
no August retreat day
Sept. 28 MMG Retreat Day 8:30 – 1:00 pm
Buddha’s Brain Part 2
Oct. 18/19 MMG Weekend Retreat with
Friday 7 – 9 pm, Saturday 9 – 4 pm
Nov. 23 MMG Retreat 8:30 – 1:00 pm
Summary of May Retreat Day
Our May retreat day included watching a Thomas Keating Video
from the Spiritual Journey series titled, “The Human Condition:
the Evolutionary Model”. In this video Fr. Keating addresses
the human condition (the false self, sometimes called original sin)
in the context of contemporary science. He uses an evolutionary
model from sociology to cast a light on the development of human
consciousness as a whole and the development of our individual
consciousness as each of us grow to full adulthood.
This model begins with Uroboric (Reptilian) consciousness that
began 5 – 6 million years ago. This is a primitive consciousness
that is immersed in nature and has primary concerns of food,
shelter, and prompt fulfillment of needs. In our individual lives
we experience this consciousness in infancy.
The second level is Typhonic (Half animal/ half human)
consciousness and emerged in human kind about 200,000 BC.
In this level there is emergence of a body self from nature and
there is a first sense of self-identity. There is an inability to
distinguish imagination from reality and it is the beginning of tribal
culture. In our lives this is an experience of our imaginative toddler
years and the terrible twos.
The third level is Mythic Membership began during the period of
12,000 to 10,000 BC. This was the beginning of farming, the city
state, and the stratification of society. In this period one draw’s
one’s identity from the group. It contains the first dawn of reason,
but not abstract thinking. We experience this consciousness in our
childhood and teenage years. We can see what a hold peer
pressure has on us at this time in our lives.
The fourth level of consciousness that human’s as a whole have
progressed at this time is Mental Egoic that appeared about 2,000 –
3,000 BC in human history. In this level the mind separates from
the body and there is a transcendence of reason over emotion.
Work at this point of evolution is to become fully human and have a
fully reflective self- consciousness. Most of us are working at this
level of consciousness in our adult lives.
Fr. Thomas pointed out four further levels that are available for
humans to experience. These include the Intuitive, Unitive, Unity
To get at the core of God at his greatest, one must first get into the core of himself at his least, for none can know God who has not first known himself.
Go to the depths of the soul, the secret place of the most high, to the roots, to the heights; for all that God can do is focused there.