Thursday, March 13, 2014

Forty Days of Lent: Day Nine

I've been thinking of going on a retreat, most likely at a Zen center or monastery.  My research online has given me an idea of availability, cost, what the practice would be like.  One FAQ has eminently sensible questions such as:
What are the accommodations like?
What kind of meals are served?
What should I bring?
My favorite question, however, is
Is there coffee served?
I picture the monks having to say "Yes we have coffee.  How do you take it?" so often that they decided to use it as a test of their peace of mind.

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