Meetingbrook Dogen & Francis Hermitage Update
Theme – The Unending Between: Practicing the Gift of God, Beyond us, Passing through
As it happens this June, there is a curious nescience, an unknowing, that has overcome us.
We’re seemingly ready to fall into some new or next form of Meetingbrook Hermitage -– one of complete reliance on gift and donation with food and hospitality -– a reliance that defies logic or analysis, one looked upon by some with skepticism and others with carrion distance.
Still, the counter-intuitive nature of Meetingbrook’s continuance relies solely on the “unending-between” of God’s passing radiance. This passing-through of God is the passing-through of each and every person (and various other forms of sentient beings) passing-through the doors of Meetingbrook, its conversations, its communal practice of listening, attending, and the invitation to dwell in the unrecognizable openness of the passing-through presence of God.
Beyond us is the reality of Meetingbrook. Beyond us is any rationale why our doors remain open at the harbor, or why we have not fled to Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia – where persistent flights of imagination beckon us and fatigue with boredom and exasperation those in whose presence we perseverate.
Can we become what and where we are?
To do that, we’d have to relinquish any semblance of reliance on our fears and pretenses of being in charge of the reality wherein we dwell. In short, we’d have to surrender into what God is – mere gift.
-- Rainer Maria Rilke
Genuine gift, given or received, is done without talk and reckoning. If there, it is given. If attending, it is received. No scale to weigh worthiness. No debate to argue deserving.
A more radical economy of being-in-the–world is needed. Perhaps the reason God is used in our world as a pawn of rhetoric, late-payment fee, and paddle of torture is our lack of openness and readiness to embrace grace and gift.
The meditative practice of seeing things-as-they-are is a practice embracing being-what-we-are and becoming-what-is-passing-through.
Meetingbrook this June practices seeing God-gift face to face. If we die doing so, confusion will end. If we continue on through June alert and attentive to each face we see passing through our midst, we will learn what is beyond us.
What is beyond us is what is before us right now.
Receive and give – find the middle way.
In between, in the middle of life at Meetingbrook, there is unending gift.
In and through, out and beyond, back and encircling – the gift we fall into, let go, and pass on is a trinitarian unending between.
Saturday, June 05, 2004
In trees this cool morning -- birdsong. Blue jay lights on branch. Chickadee and finch at feeder. Chatter of squirrel complaining of something in its way this morning.
is between freedom and death?
the Spirit hears is echoing and resounding in the morning prayerful
drone and whisper of the innumerable everything
distinct form making
its way through existence.
6June2004, Feast of The Trinity
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