I brought every conceivable garment for cold weather down to heavy socks and scarves, and wouldn't you know it was 86 degrees today.
For my Zen friends, this is an easy retreat. Sit about 8 hours spaced through the day, and you don't have to go to all the sits - no one will come after you. It is odd in that many participants will not be students of
Zen, yet; Ama Samy is also a Jesuit priest, and attracts many Catholics from the area. . . For my non-Zen friends it is an unthinkable ordeal. Added to all that sitting is the silence, which is pretty well observed. Wbat, not talk for a week?! At more formal Zen retreats, not talking usually supposes not reading or writing, which is a lot of effort, though I enjoy the silence. I might continue to blog. It could be interesting to chronicle the inner weather. Or I might just post the day's photo.
And oh yes - we learned on ther way down (by cell) that my transplant surgery is scheduled for Oct. 12.