Thoreau and Buddhism: a 1-day Retreat
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Thoreau was pre-Buddhist in much the same way that the Chinese Taoists were. He forecast an American Buddhism by the nature of his contemplation, in the same way that a certain quality of transparent predawn forecasts a clear morning. He lost himself in nature as the Chinese painters did, by becoming one with nature. He was certainly not the only one of his generation to live a contemplative life, but he was, it seems, one of the few to live it in a Buddhist way. That is to say, he was perhaps the first American to explore the nontheistic mode of contemplation which is the distinguishing mark of Buddhism.
—From How the Swans Came to the Lake ©1981 Shambhala Publications.
The retreat will explore Thoreau’s legacy in this light with periods of meditation, observation of nature, and select readings of his texts. Bring your own bag lunch.
Randal Daigu Pride began meditation practice and informal study of Buddhism in the late 1960s. For 10 years in the ’70s and 80s he lived with his family on the intentional spiritual community in TN known as The Farm whose outreach organization Plenty shared in the first Right Livelihood Award. In 1998 he received the precepts and Bodhisattva vow from Rev. Teijo Munnich and lay investiture from her in 2015. He facilitates study and zazen practice at Zen Center of Asheville and Craggy Correctional Center in Woodfin, NC.