Daily morning practice is going well and we have more people sitting in the mornings in summer. It's light at 4:30 a.m. and people wake early and come over for Zazen. It's a wonderful feeling to have more people in the mornings and the spirit of ceremony is very strong. i recommend it to everyone.
One of the practices we have at morning ceremony is to remember those who are sick. Lately, we've had quite a few people who are ill and to whom we wish to send merit. We recite their names and remember them in thought, we send forward merit and energy. When you arrive for evening practice, do pause and read their names on the Avalokiteshvara altar just outside the Zendo doorway. Keep each one in your thought, won't you.
I'll write again this week to summarize Wednesday's encouragement talk.