Still Point Zen Buddhist Temple

abbey2.jpgI have been meaning to go to the Still Point Zen Buddhist Temple on the corner of Trumbull and Canfield in Woodbridge for some time now.  This past Sunday was my inaugural day, and I do believe that I have found an activity for many of my Sundays to come.  The Sunday afternoon service (between 5 and 6) consisted of two sittings and a Dharma talk followed by tea.  Sitting on cushions, in a beautiful old Woodbridge house, watching smoke from incense curl through the sunlight streaming in behind a statue of Buddha was quite poetic.  A few words for those who are not in tune with Asiatic religions: take your shoes off before entering the service room and bow upon entering and exiting the room.  There was some dusting of cushions going on, but I didn’t have a chance to figure out the meaning of the ritual.  Sitting in silence for 20-25 minute blocks is not easy.  If you do go, take a few thoughts with you on which to meditate.  Or else all you will think of are your aching bones and muscles.  When you have something to think about you actually transcend your physical discomfort in sitting so long.  I unfortunately only had enough thoughts for the first block and nothing for the second.  The services are free and open to all; however, if you have some money to spare you will be asked to donate in the Buddha begging bowl.      

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