Our April meditation coincides with Mothers Day. It is an opportunity to celebrate our mothers, whether living or dead, and to practice the deepest form of care-taking exemplified by maternal love.In one of the oldest Buddhist scriptures, the Metta Sutta (teaching on loving-kindness), the selfless power of the mother's love is offered as a model:"Even as a mother, at risk of her life, watches over and protects her only child, so too, with a boundless mind, should one cherish all living things - suffusing love over the entire world, above, below, and all around, without limit."We should keep in mind that this loving-kindness is not sacrificial love. Often mothers are destructively expected to set aside their own happiness for the benefit of children and spouses. In contrast, this love is "without limit" and so must include oneself. Paradoxically, we must learn to risk our life to cherish our life.This protective love is fierce, in that it can carry "a heartfelt and powerful intensity." It is also not limited to the human, it does not require civilization to learn. Thus, it is fierce in that it is feral, untamed (fierce and feral share the Latin rootferus).The practice of fierce kindness, develops in us the capacity to speak truth even when the truth is not welcome. It is an intense nurturing, uninhibited kindness, protectiveness without a separation between victim and perpetrator. It is vulnerable and self-reliant.I'm still learning how to embody this. Let's teach each other how to live this way together.
Sound artist Brian Harnetty will be exhibiting his work Moonshine Parade (2014), a 30-minute looped 6-channel sound installation. Work will be up May 17 2014 - May 31 2014: opening reception 5/17.
Saturday, May 24th, 1-4:pm
Benjamin Miller’s Workshop informs students on the basic principal of sound vibration by building a variety of homemade musical instruments. Using books by Bart Hopkins from www.windworld.com, he helps attendees understand and build Rubber-band Guitars, Straw Oboes, Bobby Pin Marimbas, PVC flutes, Tin Can Drum Sets, Rice Maracas, various Percussion Mallets, 6-string Wood Plank Guitars, and more. Miller engages discussion on Composition, Open-ended Improvisation and Intuitive Listening. Attendees, Musicians and non-Musicians of All Ages, have Fun creating new sounds and recording them for posterity. Miller also shares his active and diverse musical background over the past four decades.
Spend the Friday the 13th letting the full moon pull the tides of your hips into dancing and vibrations from your drums.
Dancers, musicians, and performers are invited to perform, and audience members and onlookers are invited to applaud, ooh, and aah to your hearts' content.
Our live drummers will be available to make magic for those who would like accompaniment, and recorded music is also welcome if that's what moves you best.
Open dancing will also be offered for those who might not like to perform but still want to make an offering to the moon.