Street Retreat Reflections ~ Andrzej Krajewski
This article is part of a series of articles written about a Holy Week 2011 Street Retreat, which took place in New York City. This retreat commemorated the 20th Anniversary of the first Zen Peacemakers street retreat, also in New York.¬† Zen Master Bernie Glassman invited several longtime students and companions to the retreat to become recognized as Senseis and Dharma Holders.¬†Read bios and reflections of retreat participants. Read explanation of ceremony by Bernie Glassman. See more retreat pictures by Peter Cunningham.
I wouldn’t miss one single moment of the New York City ¬†Street Retreat with old and new friends.¬† Each moment was a peak experience filled with intensity and complete vigilance even while asleep!
The infinite Circle embraces all.¬† Seeing the integrity of all energies and spheres, their interlocking working, no need to put one in front of other, they are a mandala, Indra¬Ļs net –¬†one in all and all in one.
Appreciatory Verse to Bernie:
I met a guy walking the same way, but he was so much more advanced than me.¬† While we walked sometimes together,¬†I appreciated more and more the crystal brisk air and distant goal as well as Bernie‚Äôs clear and simple language, practical tools and steps.¬† Such simple joy, and an astonishing way to let go and move on ¬≠and off¬†the side walk when necessary.¬† Thank you, Roshi Bernie.
July 01, 2020