Audio: Wayne Coger 2002
The following talks by Wayne Coger are available on both CD and audio tape.
January 2004 Retreat
- Seeking enlightenment vs. being present wiithout goals.
- Is enlightenment the same as presence? Is there something deeper?
- Is it something that what I call "I," "me" - a separate individual - can possess?
- In this quiet sinking, is there any need to rouse a great effort?
- Or does energy come from questioning, looking, itself?
April 2004 Retreat
- Cleaning toilets isn't called meaningful work - yet in the moment, it's amazing.
- Images of happier days, better work - and me who becomes something through work.
- Does creativity come from an effort to be creative, or is it the absence of that tension?
- Choosing work, vocation - is there a real quieting into what's here, what's called for?
June 2004 Retreat
- Possible to do work which requires thought and planning without the "me" involved?
- We don't need bosses and deadlines to feel pressure.
- Coming to, amidst a project, and seeing imagination as imagination, hopeful or fearful.
- The need to be seen as someone in the know.
September 2004 Retreat
- Rat race, the body-mind impulse to keep going.
- Listening can occur on its own.
- Is it possible to act without motive?
- Futile to think one's way into this; motive comes and goes, we just see it.
- As thoughts drop away so does isolation, even though no human is near.
December 2004 Retreat
- Being here, simple attention.
- Is it a practice? Does it take effort?
- The physical memory of straining to "be attentive."
- A natural attention arises when self-preoccupation is not taking all space and energy.
- In this simple attending is there an attender?
- It takes thought to create the picture of an attender doesn't it?
- The snow falls without effort.
- Is it possible here to fall, drop, to let go for moments at a time, seeing freshly?
- To see if there is a doer, to look at that without constraints of knowing, time, or routine.
- The perpetual, unnoticed contrast between worries and what actually plays out.
- The me-ness of worry.
- Springwater vocabulary.
- The words may be ordinary but the way they are applied may sound strange.
- A problem with words is they don't quite get at what's behind them.
- To look at what is meant by words like "attention," "looking," "listening."
- Not puzzling something out in the intellectual sense, but being here at this moment.
- The attraction of familiarity.
- Watching out of spacious curiosity vs. "watching" bogged down in the "me."
- The completeness of being here.
- Discouragement: "I can't be aware" - that "me" can't be aware is a given.
- Patience outside of the concept of time, without boundaries.