Participants in the 9-Day Retreat (which ran from Aug 19 – 27) engaged in a bit of exquisite corpse poetry, based on a poem in one of our kong-ans:
How many people stay in a worrying dream?
The great one’s original home is everywhere.
One KATZ! sound breaks the whole world.
Plum flowers fly in the snow.

The rules were simple: follow the form of this poem which progresses through points on the Zen Circle. Each line was written by a different person who did not know what was written previously.

We hope you enjoy some selections from our flight of whimsy as much as we enjoyed creating them.