Sunday, November 10, 2013

Leicester Great Heart Circle - November 2013

The collection opens with The Ruby  :

work on your stony qualities
and become resplendent like the ruby.
practice self-denial and accept difficulty.
always see infinite life in letting the self die.
your stoniness will decrease; your ruby nature will grow.
the signs of self-existence will leave your body,
and ecstasy will take you over.

Reading and reflecting upon the poem was a nice lead into a sitting meditation.

We were going to look at Bernie Glassman's works on Zen but that didn't happen exactly as planned, but we did follow the instructions to the cook, the Zen Cook will make a meal of the ingredients that are available to hand.  The ingredients available to us for the evening were the room, cups of tea, the sweetmeats, the book of poetry, two chairs, two hearts and time.  Cooked together we were able to make a very pleasant good-tasting evening, no one went home hungry.

The Leicester Great Heart Zendo will now go into hibernation for the winter months. But at the Dergah the Dervishes will still be dancing.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Rumi Reflection Group back for the Autumn in Chester!

Andy (left) from our Zen Peacemaker Circle has offered to start hosting a regular "Rumi Reflection Group" like we offered earlier in the year. He began yesterday evening, meeting in Starbucks in Chester, and I think it'll be nearly every week. Like before, he'll bring along a poem by the Persian Sufi poet Rumi, and we'll read it together and use it as a starting point for reflecting on our own lives and their value, challenges and inspirations...

He began with a poem "Love is the Master":
Love is the One who masters all things;
I am mastered totally by Love.
By my passion of love for Love
I have ground sweet as sugar.
O furious Wind, I am only a straw before you;
How could I know where I will be blown next?
Whoever claims to have made a pact with Destiny
Reveals himself a liar and a fool;
What is any of us but a straw in a storm?
How could anyone make a pact with a hurricane?
God is working everywhere his massive Resurrection;
How can we pretend to act on our own?
In the hand of Love I am like a cat in a sack;
Sometimes Love hoists me into the air,
Sometimes Love flings me into the air,
Love swings me round and round His head;
I have no peace, in this world or any other.
The lovers of God have fallen in a furious river;
They have surrendered themselves to Love's commands.
Like mill wheels they turn, day and night, day and night,
Constantly turning and turning, and crying out.