the trick will be supplying myself with coffee. those buddhists only drink tea but there is a cafe located conveniently across the street and between the morning lecture and the afternoon to-do I will have a couple of hours to kill. I could have lunch with the buddhists but I think it costs money which I don't have a great deal of at the moment. the question is whether it costs more or less than a muffin and coffee.
first I'm going for their morning meditation at 9:30. no more instruction for me! I'm ready to take on the real thing! I hope I do it right. they say no one is watching but I don't believe them.
last week it was very difficult to stay awake during the lecture. buddhist lectures are so softly spoken and repetitive that they are very very soothing. right now I am bolting coffee so as to be well-caffeinated for the entire morning. I won't be able to go to the cafe until 11.
I'm oddly excited. you aren't supposed to get excited about zen but this is the first time I've actually felt some sort of affinity to something a large group of people were doing in an organized manner. I hope it turns out ok. so far I'm liking the fact that they are not overly friendly there. I mean they aren't cold and they seem happy to see new people but they aren't all over you with enthusiastic reception which would freak me way the hell out.
time to get dressed. must consider which slip-on shoes.