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Silent Illumination at the Barre Center of Buddhist Studies

Postby Guo Gu on Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:50 am

for all those who might be interested, i will return to bcbs to lead a workshop/retreat on silent illumination (http://www.tallahasseechan.com/pdfs/2013/GG%20Articles/Guo%20Gu_Buddhadharmamagazine-winter2012.pdf) from 4/9 through 4/12 (4 days, 3 nights).
bcbs has more info here: http://www.bcbsdharma.org/courses/?page ... 00ZX3M5MAL
registration is already open.
i hear there's a scholarship program there.

i will probably use one of my translations of chan master hongzhi's teachings and lead it basically like a retreat (except the schedule is not as strict).

hope to see some of you there.
be well,
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Re: Silent Illumination at the Barre Center of Buddhist Stud

Postby Guo Gu on Thu Mar 26, 2015 5:39 am

bcbs is cursed by numbers.... they send me a note saying there may not be enough students signed up to hold this workshop. folks there asked me to send out another announcement. so here it is: help spread the word!

numbers go up; numbers go down. my last retreat there were 100 ppl and ppl get all excited calling it a success; this workshop only 7 signed up and ppl get all worried. i suppose finance is an issue.... by this standard, bodhidharma's trip to china--with his meager five students--would have been a total failure! :lol2:

tell me, someone, which is success? which is failure? if you can provide a turning word, you would see that in teaching silent illumination guo gu is already turning his back on bodhidharma.

success or failure--
the teaching is already lost.
but in failure and success--
bodhidharma arrives in the west.
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Re: Silent Illumination at the Barre Center of Buddhist Stud

Postby Chrisd on Thu Mar 26, 2015 12:15 pm

I'd just put a boot up your ass. I suppose that doesn't count as a turning word :blush:

Good luck with your retreats :daisy:
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Re: Silent Illumination at the Barre Center of Buddhist Stud

Postby desert_woodworker on Thu Mar 26, 2015 3:08 pm

Guo Gu, if you turn your back on Bodhidharma, then you are not facing the wall.

I understand about finances. But a nice appreciation -- and book title -- due to E. F. Schumacher is, "Small Is Beautiful; (1973)".

"Not knowing" may be "the most intimate", sometimes. And sometimes, a small retreat may be the most intimate. "They're all good!"

Understood, though, if the Center needs a certain minimum enrollment to pay the bills. (If they have a "scholarship fund" operating, perhaps they can draw from it to enable more people to participate). Is the timing favorable? Does it conflict with college final exam schedules, for example, if many students are college-age?

EDIT: I see that the dates are Apr. 9-12. So, NO, no conflict there with college schedules, I don't think. Apr. 5 is Easter, but that occurs fully 4 or 5 full days before the start of retreat. Well, so I can't account for the thin registration. Maybe the pricing is a little steep for a brief retreat, even by New England standards?

Wishing the best for everyone,

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Re: Silent Illumination at the Barre Center of Buddhist Stud

Postby Guo Gu on Thu Mar 26, 2015 4:20 pm

Chrisd wrote:I'd just put a boot up your ass. I suppose that doesn't count as a turning word :blush:

Good luck with your retreats :daisy:


:lol2: crude. why be a copy cat?
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Re: Silent Illumination at the Barre Center of Buddhist Stud

Postby Guo Gu on Thu Mar 26, 2015 4:24 pm

desert_woodworker wrote:Guo Gu, if you turn your back on Bodhidharma, then you are not facing the wall.

I understand about finances. But a nice appreciation -- and book title -- due to E. F. Schumacher is, "Small Is Beautiful; (1973)".

"Not knowing" may be "the most intimate", sometimes. And sometimes, a small retreat may be the most intimate. "They're all good!"

Understood, though, if the Center needs a certain minimum enrollment to pay the bills. (If they have a "scholarship fund" operating, perhaps they can draw from it to enable more people to participate). Is the timing favorable? Does it conflict with college final exam schedules, for example, if many students are college-age?

EDIT: I see that the dates are Apr. 9-12. So, NO, no conflict there with college schedules, I don't think. Apr. 5 is Easter, but that occurs fully 4 or 5 full days before the start of retreat. Well, so I can't account for the thin registration. Maybe the pricing is a little steep for a brief retreat, even by New England standards?

Wishing the best for everyone,

--Joe


yes, joe, of course finances is the key here. all centers, not only bcbs, are cursed by "numbers."
i.a.g.!
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Re: Silent Illumination at the Barre Center of Buddhist Stud

Postby Linda Anderson on Thu Mar 26, 2015 4:28 pm

Posted on Facebook.... BCBS had a post which I shared... nice pic too! I have lot's of zennie friends on FB, maybe the word will get around....

but, how can you turn your back on bodhidharma?

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Re: Silent Illumination at the Barre Center of Buddhist Stud

Postby Guo Gu on Thu Mar 26, 2015 4:33 pm

Linda Anderson wrote:Posted on Facebook.... BCBS had a post which I shared... nice pic too! I have lot's of zennie friends on FB, maybe the word will get around....


thanks, linda.

Linda Anderson wrote:but, how can you turn your back on bodhidharma?


out of gratitude.

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Re: Silent Illumination at the Barre Center of Buddhist Stud

Postby Linda Anderson on Thu Mar 26, 2015 4:36 pm

OH! :rbow:
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Re: Silent Illumination at the Barre Center of Buddhist Stud

Postby Chrisd on Thu Mar 26, 2015 5:17 pm

Guo Gu wrote:
Chrisd wrote:I'd just put a boot up your ass. I suppose that doesn't count as a turning word :blush:

Good luck with your retreats :daisy:


:lol2: crude. why be a copy cat?


Crude, yes :heya: are you unfamiliar with that?

Copy cat ?
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Re: Silent Illumination at the Barre Center of Buddhist Stud

Postby Guo Gu on Fri Mar 27, 2015 3:33 am

Chrisd wrote:are you unfamiliar with that?

Copy cat ?


is that who you see?
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Re: Silent Illumination at the Barre Center of Buddhist Stud

Postby Chrisd on Fri Mar 27, 2015 5:47 pm

Guo Gu wrote:
Chrisd wrote:are you unfamiliar with that?

Copy cat ?


is that who you see?


I think I see and talk only to myself. Myself being sometimes crude, the expression is sometimes crude. This is unfortunate. But I have faith that time and some effort will smoothen things out.

Who do you see?
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Re: Silent Illumination at the Barre Center of Buddhist Stud

Postby Guo Gu on Sat Mar 28, 2015 1:23 am

practitioner.
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Postby Chrisd on Sat Mar 28, 2015 11:44 am

hmm practicing what?
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Re: Silent Illumination at the Barre Center of Buddhist Stud

Postby JessicaLeigh on Sat Mar 28, 2015 2:46 pm

I am one of the seven who have registered. I hope they don't cancel it. I'm really looking forward to the experience. Plus, I've already purchased tickets, a signifant investment for me.

Dear Guo Gu, if you are able, please advocate for us seven!

:Namaste:
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Re: Silent Illumination at the Barre Center of Buddhist Stud

Postby Guo Gu on Sun Mar 29, 2015 4:54 am

Chrisd wrote:hmm practicing what?


your "effort in smoothing things out."
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Re: Silent Illumination at the Barre Center of Buddhist Stud

Postby Guo Gu on Sun Mar 29, 2015 4:59 am

JessicaLeigh wrote:I am one of the seven who have registered. I hope they don't cancel it. I'm really looking forward to the experience. Plus, I've already purchased tickets, a signifant investment for me.

Dear Guo Gu, if you are able, please advocate for us seven!

:Namaste:
Jessica


jessica,
i'm afraid it's too late. can you get refund for the tickets? i'm leading a chan retreat from 5/22 to 5/25:
http://www.tallahasseechan.com/pdfs/201 ... al2015.pdf
many ppl are flying in for this retreat. some are staying extra days. if you come down for extra days you're more than welcome to stay at one of my students' place and join our regular monday night practice.
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Re: Silent Illumination at the Barre Center of Buddhist Stud

Postby Chrisd on Sun Mar 29, 2015 6:20 pm

Guo Gu wrote:
Chrisd wrote:hmm practicing what?


your "effort in smoothing things out."


:Namaste:
What does that even mean :lol2:
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Re: Silent Illumination at the Barre Center of Buddhist Stud

Postby partofit22 on Sun Mar 29, 2015 9:58 pm

It means whatever your horoscope says about you is true :)
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Re: Silent Illumination at the Barre Center of Buddhist Stud

Postby Chrisd on Sun Mar 29, 2015 11:34 pm

Horoscope:
It may suddenly dawn upon you that you are in love, says Ganesha. If per chance, there is a romantic encounter, go ahead and dive fearlessly in the pool of love.


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