|Peter Levitt, SSI Zen Circle|
|Sri Lankan monks wait for the bus|
When I spotted the event's simple black-and white photocopied flyer posted to a local sign board and realized I had no plans for that day, I figured my chance to get a sense of Zen life had finally arrived. Zen had finally tracked me down.
Despite a number of last-minute speed bumps ( my mom's fear I'd get hypnotized, a late Saturday night with friends and enough yard work to occupy my mind for an eternity), I made it to the Ango Retreat a few minutes early for some Zen Meditation 101.
|Ango Retreat, Salt Spring Island, B.C.|
At about 7:45 a.m., a very friendly woman offered me a few tips on how to sit, breathe, clear my mind and handle the inevitable distractions that arise when sitting with one's eyes closed for 25 minutes. I was soon fluffing up my cushion at the edge of the yurt and the session began.
Finally, it was time to just sit.