In service to awakening, Zen will work from the margins to subvert the precious, it will dispel our hard notions of society, religion, self; it will mock our cherished beliefs. Zen will take away anything that keeps from experiencing a full life right here and now. Zen will transform our lives. And Zen can be funny: Zen Masters will stick out their tongues, deliver a blow, pull a student’s nose, or famously, when told of an altercation over a cat, get on all fours, place a sandal on the head and walk out of the room. As Zen removes the veil it will make you laugh — at yourself, at the world.
Laughter will shake you up, loosen the chains, and lighten the burden as everything falls away. Laughter fills the room where now there is only “Ha, Ha, Ha.” As laughter’s tears stream down your face your heart opens. This is how Zen works.
For our spring retreat we become April Fools. The retreat will be in session from Friday evening through Sunday noon. It will be held at Panola Ridge Farm in Waco, KY. You can enter at any time you would like — Friday night or Saturday. If you would like to stay over night limited space (enough for 6 people) is available, a couple of beds plus floor sleeping.