13 E TULANE \\ \\ Curtains, Whitlock, Thrill Khidr \\ Sacred Shimmy \\ Queer Yoga \\ Marshall Rendina \\ Meditation: Without Delay \\ William Hooker \\ Wake Up \\
It Looks Like It's Open (ILLIO) - 13 E Tulane Rd, Columbus, Ohio
Studio-mate activity not at the studio:
A busy month for Sacred Shimmy! SS be at National Mead Day at Brothers Drake Meadery on August 2 at 5:30 PM. We will also be performing at Crestfest on August 23rd on the Main Stage from 1:00 - 1:50 PM. (Might be a little closer for ILLIO fans.) And SS will be hosting Tribal Brew, our monthly live music and bellydance party, at 7:30 PM on August 29. This event is held at Upper Cup Coffeehouse,
which is located at 79 Parsons Ave. We will include lots of exciting
music and dancing by Sacred Shimmy, a special guest (TBA), and plenty of
open dancing and drumming for all in attendance. Admission is free!
13 E. Tulane events:
Friday, August 1st, 7:00pm
Curtains & Rae Whitlock (Chicago), w/ TRILL KHIDR (cmh)
About Curtains: As Curtains, Dash Lewis uses an array of guitar
pedals to affect and modulate his voice, creating dense loop-based songs
drawing heavily from the psychedelic harmonies of The Beach Boys and
the crashing, swirling sonics of shoegaze. He is touring to support his
newest record, Breathe to Death, out now on cassette via Potluck.
Joining Curtains on this summer tour is Chicago-based visual artist
Rae Whitlock. Rae collaborates with a wide swath of musicians of all
genres, providing live-generated content to accompany their sounds. For
Curtains, Rae will be projecting her psychedelic visuals, helping create
a totally immersive performance.
Henry Corbin on Khidr: "... he who has attained the source of life,
has drunk of the water of immortality, and consequently knows neither
old age nor death. He is the 'Eternal Youth,' ... 'the Verdant One.' He
in indeed associated with every aspect of Nature's greenness." (Alone
with the Alone 55).
class is designed for the dancer with some mastery of Levels One &
Two who feels ready to develop her dance into something greater. Teacher
permission is required to attend. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org any inquiries. Ongoing, most Sundays from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. $15 drop in, $60 three class pass. Sacred Shimmy updates here.
Queer Yoga is
Columbus's first queer-focused yoga class that offers professional yoga
instruction in a designated Safe(r) Space. We endeavor to cultivate an
atmosphere of acceptance and community in all we do, from sun
salutations to post-yoga snack time. Whether you are new to yoga, or you
can complete a headstand without assistance, you will find something to
challenge and deepen your practice.
Class fees are $6 for ALL participants. Everyone is welcome. Bring a mat.
Marshall Rendina's Recent Paintings will be on display at It Looks Like
It's Open Friday, August 8 from 7:00 PM to Midnight. The paintings draw
from many issues around the world, especially nature and the
environment, religions and mysticism, and media art and criticism.
Books, recordings, and possibly other objects will be on display and a
performance is likely to be in store. The show will be free and open to
the public of all ages.
It's been my humble and joyful task to maintain Open
Meditation, a monthly practice community at ILLIO Studio, since January
2011. I'm taking a break from hosting these sessions while still putting
effort into community meditations through Wake Up Columbus, and
frequent informal meditation meet-ups with friends. I also plan to
continue to support Trance Studies, the Buddhist Network of Central
Ohio, Triommm Kirtan, and other projects (send me a note if you're
interested in any of that, email@example.com)!
For the theme of this last Open Meditation (at least for a while)
I'd like to remind everyone (including myself) of the Mayahana teaching
that Buddha nature is our own true nature. Enlightenment is not
elsewhere to be attained. Rather, it is the ground of our being. It is
original nature. The mind of the Buddha is available to us without
adding anything extra to our lives (including mediation groups).
As Thich Nhat Hanh has said, you already have all the conditions
necessary for happiness. A true happiness, which can contain sorrow
without opposing it, is always present, waiting to be revealed. It is
there simply by bringing mindfulness to the reality of life within and
around us. While we search for satisfaction outside ourselves - more
things, better actions, another's love - nothing extra is necessary.
Simply bring our loving attention to the unfolding of life as it is.
Dōgen Zenji is famous for his teaching that as long as we imagine
enlightenment is elsewhere waiting for us to find it, it can never be
realized. Only when we experience ourselves as Buddha, fully awakened in
this present moment, can enlightenment be achieved. Yet he also
emphasized diligent and disciplined meditation. For him the two are not
separate: "Between aspiration, practice, enlightenment, and nirvana,
there is not a moment’s gap; continuous practice is the circle of the
Awakening is already available and yet we practice to realize it.
the first invitation to an Open Mediation, I included one of the most
famous quotes of Dōgen instructing meditation where he calls zazen "the
backward step that turns the light inward to illuminate the self." Below
is the quote in a fuller form.
I feel deep gratitude to who've come to ILLIO to sit quietly and be
alive with one another. Now, I invite myself and everyone: "practice
suchness without delay."
"You should therefore cease from
practice based on intellectual understanding, pursuing words and
following after speech, and learn the backward step that turns your
light inwardly to illuminate your self. Body and mind of themselves will
drop away, and your original face will be manifest. If you want to
attain suchness, you should practice suchness without delay." [from
Hooker is a percussionist at the heart of New York City's storied
avant-garde underground. Over the past three years, he has become
progressively active throughout the Midwestern USA, while fostering an
ongoing collaboration with Ohio-based multi-instrumentalist Edward
Ricart. Like Hooker, Ricart's work cuts a wide swath through a diverse
range of the creative contemporary music underbelly. In this most recent
iteration of the William Hooker Trio, Hooker has enlisted bassist Luke
Stewart, a rising voice in Washington, DC's independent music community.
Up is a global community of young mindfulness practitioners, aged
18-35, inspired by the teachings of Vietnamese-Zen monk and peace
activist Thich Nhat Hanh. We come together to practice awareness in
order to take care of each other, nourish happiness, and contribute to
building a healthier and a more compassionate society.
The seed of Wake Up Columbus has been planted this summer. Our next
meeting is 8/24 at 1:00. We will practice sitting meditation, waking
meditation, Dharma sharing, and a song. Anyone aged 18-35 is welcome to
Wake Up Sangha will also meet for a mindful trash clean up, 8/18, 6:00-8:00pm, at Whetstone park (meet at the turn-around closest to the river). All ages are welcome to join.