April 12th, 2010


Kurukulla Center in medford

Tonight I want to the beginner class at the Kurukulla Center in Medford.

First the petty details, it's an easy drive with easy parking.

It was a beginners class so she spent a lot of times on things I knew and somethings that were already part of my thinking just because of my upbringing. She did teach many things, such as they view attachment as a negative thought and differentiate it from love. After asking my question, I think I understand now. It's kind of the whole thing that if you really love someone, you'll want what is best for them, including letting them leave, where as if you're attached to someone that might not be true. That's not how she explained it, but that's what I got from here explanation.

The things I loved, (and had missed at the Zen center,) was that under everything was a coat of logic and that debate is encouraged. Even, apparently, the Buddha said that one should take care in analyzing and thinking about his own teachings.

The other thing I loved is that the nun (apparently the accepted female name for monk) was so genuinely happy. She had a great smile and laugh, but wasn't constantly happy like someone forcing it. You could see the peace in her eyes. The people at the Zen center didn't seem happy.

I'm looking forward to the next class. Not that I learned a lot, but I was reminded of many important things and left with my day turned around.

They also have a free book section and a store. I bought a book cover and left a nice donation because I took several of the free books.

I hope that this is my first step towards a new chapter in my life.