Present: Tim, Marti, Edie, Bob, Talus, Kate, John
absent: Chris, Nancy
Next meeting: Saturday morning September 28th, location TBA. Talus volunteered to send a reminder 10 days out. Goal is to meet quarterly during the first month of the quarter. Generally on the last Saturday of the month we should check out calendars each time and see if that works for most of the Committee.
Tim will be mostly away in July. A few appearances for meetings, etc. Out of town July 7-20. Jukai and ordination students are warmly invited to keep in touch with Tim even though it's his sabbatical on an as needed basis. Tim noted he's feeling more relaxed and less in desperate need of a sabbatical than in the last two years since we first established this practice.
Brief discussion of what's important in practice discussion using the spring broad of contemplating our own experience as students - common themes:
In discussion around how to apply these learnings as teachers offering practice discussion there was emphasis on keeping the meetings brief, holding in mind or even saying directly "this is only a short meeting, let's get right to what's important". That briefness is both logistically essential as we're sharing a few spaces in the building but also communicates something important to ourself as teacher and to the student. Also emphasized to simply practice trusting the meeting to be just what it needs to be without worrying about whether we say anything too brilliant. And Tim recommended the practice of really staying grounded in awareness of body and breathing as much as practical during the meeting itself.
Additional discussion around practice discussion and other teaching topics would be helpful but no specific action taken to schedule teacher meetings or anything like that. (Perhaps just managing regular quarterly Practice Committee meetings is the first step).
Tim forgot to emphasize: please see him in dokusan periodically to discuss how practice discussion is going for you as a teacher and if there is anything particularly interesting/troubling/surprising during a meeting it is very helpful if you can remember to ask the student if they mind your discussing the interview with Tim as our standard agreement is confidentiality of the meetings - to remember that we can get permission from the person to share confidentiality.
Talus mentioned he really appreciates the changes in the service dedications (eko) "these changes really express our values well", referring to changes Tim made in the morning and evening services. See the doan books (or come to service!) to learn more. Tim will post revised scripts to the website eventually.