Sunday, May 16, 2010

Hot Times, Zazen in the City...

May Heat
May Heat, Helsinki, 2010

We went straight from March to June on Friday. Before, about five degrees C. Now, about twenty-five. Feels like taking a plane to the Costa del Sol, or something.

Today was another zazenkai. The window was open much of the time, because of the heat, and I could feel the city outside. Somebody was playing the Finnish national anthem. People talking animatedly as they walk by. A motorcyclist revving his machine. A low-flying jet. A tram going "ding-ding-ding" to get people to get out of the way. Birds singing. Something that sounded like a patter of raindrops on a tin roof, but wasn't, because it wasn't raining. The fresh air from the window waging single combat with the piny scent of incense.

And that's pretty much it. Not too well attended, this zazenkai; we were less than ten people. Probably people felt like sitting in the sun instead. Given how few days like this we get, I can't say I blame them.

It was good, and I feel much more together again. Strange stuff, this Zen thing.

1 comment:

  1. It is strange. I like John Tarrant's quote, about how meditation will change you, but you won't know how. I like that the "how" could be about the process as well as the result. Sounds like a lovely Zazenkai. Hard to compete with the first warm day of 2010. I can relate in Portland, OR, too.
    Enjoying your blog. Take care!