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Hi <<First Name>>, 

Have I shared this poem?
by Martha Postlethwaite

Do not try to save
the whole world
or do anything grandiose.
Instead, create
a clearing
in the dense forest
of your life
and wait there
until the song
that is your life
falls into your own cupped hands
and you recognize and greet it.
Only then will you know
how to give yourself to this world
so worthy of rescue.

A reminder that our Thursday Meditation and Chat is this evening -- find zoom info at the end of the email as usual.

And, a couple of followups from some of our earlier sessions:

1. Susan has graciously shared the recipe that came up in our last week's chat. I've included it below. If anyone has other recipes to share, feel free to send them to me (text or link)!

2. SF Bay Area locals: Public Tea Tasting events are back at the Universal Chan Zen Center in Berkeley (445 Colusa Ave, Kensington, CA 94707). One is being hosted this Saturday 3/12, 2pm-4pm, titled "Tea: A Drink for the Mind." High-quality tea tasting with meditation. If you are interested in joining, RSVP soon for one of the 10 seats: (Unfortunately I won't be able to join this time, but I hope some of you can make it.)
See you for Wuji,
Recipe Share

a  4 – 41/2 lb. chicken and a lidded pot which just holds the chicken (not too big)
2 cups soy sauce
2 cups water
¼ cup rice wine
5 inches of ginger, peeled and cut into thick coins]
a clove of garlic
1 star anise (or the equivalent in pieces)
a Fresno chili (I DON’T use the seeds)
1/4 cup sugar, or rock candy
Sesame oil and cilantro for the end
Remove any obvious fat from the chicken
Put the liquids and seasonings (not the sugar yet) into the pot
Add the chicken, breast side down, and bring to a boil.
Turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, covered.
Turn the chicken over and add the sugar.
Simmer, covered, for 20 more minutes.
Turn the chicken over again, cover, turn the heat off and let “cook” for 3 hours.
Take the chicken out of the pot and slather with a tablespoon or two of toasted sesame oil,
Cut into serving pieces (about 16 – 18 all together) and reassemble on serving plate.
Sprinkle with chopped cilantro.
Of course you can use just legs or wings or thighs, and the sauce can be strained de-fatted and kept in the freezer for many another use! You will have to add more ginger, garlic, chili, and star anise each time.
TMC: Thursday Meditation (7-7:30pm) and Chat (7:30-8pm) US Pacific Time
Zoom link: 
Meeting ID: 842 2183 7967
Passcode: 202101   

Zoom door will open at 6:55pm and we will start our meditation promptly at 7:05pm after 5 minutes of warmup and greetings. If anyone has any request for a specific guided meditation, please bring it up before we start, or let me know via email before 6:55pm. 

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