Posted by David Mushin Keeber: I have been traveling for the past few weeks. I went to Germany and France with my wife Joy, and another couple, Robert and Betsy, friends from Vermont. While the trip was wonderful, my practice suffered. No place to really find alone time, days filled with activities. Yes, I know those are excuses, but I didn’t manage to sit once for the entire 16 days. And I noticed the lack.
Now, I am back at home and will restart our regular schedule of sitting on Sundays and Tuesdays. It feels good to be “back in harness” as I prepare the zendo upon opening, work to have a teaching for Sunday, and reinvigorate my practice, both at home and at the zendo.
But, the most important thing I realized upon reopening the zendo on Friday evening was how walking in the door and lighting incense at the Founders’ altar felt so much like coming home. You know that feeling. You take a trip and when you return and walk into your house, you get that feeling of, “Ahhhh. Home again. Thank you.” That is what I felt upon walking into Red Rocks Zen Circle’s tiny zendo.
Sure, it can get hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Sure, there is no bathroom when our practice leader Eisho is not in town. Sure, frequently it can be only one or two of us sitting, but it still elicited that same “Ahhhh” feeling. And for me, that is as sure a validation that this path is the right one for me.
The gift from Eisho of this tiny space, and the support of our small sangha is shelter, the same sort of shelter I feel when I slip into MY bed after a long period of traveling. The same feeling of comfort in my home environs, and not living out of a suitcase. The same feeling of shelter I have when the buzz of traveling ends and the calmness of home envelopes me.
Do join us at the zendo to deepen your practice. Hopefully, the small space we enjoy whose sole purpose is to help us grow in our practice will be your home, too.