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Mar 14, 2019, 3 comments, 7 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Reverend F.W. King of The Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church. The Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church has been a presence in the San Francisco Bay Area for decades. The church was founded in 1969 by Franzo King and his wife, Marina King four years after hearing John Coltrane perform at the San Francisco Jazz Workshop. King had been a fan of Coltrane until that night, which he and Marina describe as a “sound baptism.” He then became a disciple. Coltrane was performing, “A Love Supreme,” a seven-years in the making personal testament to God. In the late 1950’s Coltrane nearly overdosed on heroin, which forced his departure from the Miles Davis Quintet and inspired him to write this devotion to God. After hearing Coltrane that night, King left believing that Coltrane was more than a musician. He ... Read Full Story
Mar 06, 2019 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Reverend F.W. King: A Love Supreme: Church Of John ColtraneReflection questions: Our guest this week believes that music is a vehicle for God-consciousness and that “deep listening” allows the attentiveness for spiritual consciousness. He urges us “to know sound as the preexisting wisdom of God." How has music been a vehicle for transformation for you?
Feb 07, 2019, 1 comments, 4 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Abbot Sojun Mel Weitsman, expertly moderated by Stephanie Nash. Stephanie guided a delightful conversation that evoked the calm presence of this extraordinary teacher. In his modest way, Abbot Weitsman tells of how Suzuki Roshi walked up to him one day and said, “Just being alive is enough.” This became a touchstone for Abbot Weitsman who, after more than 50 years of practice, continues to draw on Suzuki Roshi as his role model at the San Francisco Zen Center, where he is a senior dharma teacher, and at the Berkeley Zen Center where he is Abbot. Abbot Weitsman says some people come to practice thinking the purpose is enlightenment. He explains that “reality is beyond your understanding, and so if you presume to have a God-like understanding, that’s arrogance…Enlightenment is a kind of arrogance.” Instead, to practice is to give ... Read Full Story
Jan 30, 2019, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Mel Weitsman: Walking With Both Compassion And IndifferenceReflection questions: Our guest this week advises us to engage in practice to learn how to walk through the world of suffering with both compassion and indifference – so we get drowned in neither. What practice teaches you how to be in the world without escape, rather than to escape from the world?