Tricycle is offering a challenge for us: Sit for 90 days. By that, of course, they mean meditate. It’s the first I’ve heard of this tradition, but apparently they have a 90 day meditation challenge, and an outline or guideline on how to do it:
Sit in formal meditation for 20 minutes each day.
• Listen to one dharma talk each week on tricycle.com.
• Study Dogen’s Genjokoan, the text selected for the period.
• Commit to the sixteen bodhisattva precepts.
• Practice with others at tricycle.com or at a local meditation center.
• Begin when you like. Tricycle’s staff will begin February 23.
Are you willing to sit every day for 90 days? To me it will definitely be a challenge. I can sit regularly, but there are days where I just can’t (stress, work, tired, sick). This will be a call to upgrade my practice. How about you?
I’ve got a few Zen texts which will be good for this (Writings of Hakuin, 3 Pillars of Zen), but I will personally be reading more about the Tao. Any recommendations for text reading? The Zen classics are always a good choice.