September 27, 2018—September 30, 2018
Barry Magid: Ordinary Mind Zendo
Although we all come to meditation practice seeking some transformative relief from suffering, the paradoxical nature of practice is that the most radical change occurs when we are able to leave our mind just as it is. “Your ordinary mind is the Way,” said the master Nansen, yet we all too often want to extirpate those parts of our minds that make us feel vulnerable, dependent, or out of control. In our practice of just sitting, we experience the ever-changing, ever-interdependent nature of our bodies and minds that we call Buddha-nature.
Barry Magid MD is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who received Dharma transmission from Charlotte Joko Beck and has been teaching at the Ordinary Mind Zendo in New York City for the past twenty years. He is the author of Nothing is Hidden: the Psychology of Zen Koans and other books integrating Zen and psychotherapeutic practices.