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Revelations 10

1 Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. 2 He was holding a little scroll, which lay open in his hand. He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, 3 and he gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion. When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke. 4 And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, "Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down."

About our Teacher

Fr. Pat Hawk Roshi has formally practiced Zen since 1978 as a student of Robert Aitken Roshi, and since 1981 as a student of Fr. Willigis Jaeger. Fr. Hawk is a Redemptorist priest and Director of the The Pathless Path programs. Fr. Hawk received Dharma Transmission from Aitken Roshi and was confirmed as a Zen Master of the Diamond Sangha in May of 1989. He was given permission to tech Contemplation after completing his studies in the Catholic tradition of Contemplatin and Mysticism under the direction and personal guidance of Fr. Jaeger.

He has earned degrees in philosophy, theology, and English literature and was ordained to the priesthood in 1969. Fr. Pat has been leading Contemplative retreats in the Pacific Northwest since 1987, and is the guider teacher for the Zen Desert Sangha in Tucson, AZ, Mountain Clound Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM, and Empty Sky in Amarillo, TX.

First Saturday Sitting

Monthly gatherings of lay persons for formal contemplative prayer at Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey, Lafayette, Oregon.

Schedule

8:55At our places in Prayer Room; remain standing
9:00Sitting Contemplation begins (three 25-minute periods separated by 5-minute periods of walking contemplation
10:30Eucharist (preceded and followed by 5-minute walking contemplation) If no one is available to preside at Eucharist, there will be a 45-minute walking contemplation, outside. Meet in prayer room at 11:20
11:20Sitting Contemplation (one 25-minute period after Eucharist
11:45Brown bag lunch in lower room of Bethany House (in silence) or outdoors, or in Porter's Lodge (for conversation)
12:30Day Hour in Chapel
12:45Angelus Bells
12:50Afternoon sitting contemplation
2:20Formal contemplation ends

Background

Seven Thunders, incorporated in Oregon in 1992 as a non-profit ecumenical religious organization, sponsors Zen Buddhist sesshin in the tradition of the Hawaii Diamond Sanga and Christian contemplative retreats in the tradition interpreted by Fr. Willigis Jaeger.
sen@zentexts.org / Aug 22, 2010