(9-10 am godo during Saturday Community)
March - John Kaian
April - Ray Estabrook
FRIDAY: ORYOKI INSTRUCTION (6:40-7:15 pm) David
*Friday-7:30-8:30pm Zazen/Kinhin & 8:30-9pm-Chant Kan Ro Mon “Gate of Sweet Nectar".
PLEASE NOTE CHANGED DATES FOR STUDY GROUP!
Mar 11 - Apr 22 SPRING STUDY GROUP Every Tuesday, 7:30 - 9 pm. Investigating and "turning our radiance inward" through Zen practice, we begin to discover the intimate nature of Mind. Shinko Kwong and senior students will be lecturing and leading discussions on the book: The Wholehearted Way: A Translation of Eihei Dogen's Bendowa. This will be a six-week course.
Non-Members: $60/$12 per class General M: $55 Practicing M: $50
Mar 10 Mon. CLOSED
Mar 15 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Erik Konpo 10:30am Zendo
Mar 22 Sat. INTRODUCTION TO ZEN WORKSHOP 9- 3 PM. An introduction to Zen teachings, Zendo form, rituals, instruction on zazen, and also main concepts as basic foundation for Zen practice. For beginners and intermediate people who would like to gain more insight into the philosophy of Zen and how to actualize those principles in everyday life. Includes vegetarian lunch. $50. Instructor: Chris Katsuzen
Mar 22 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK John Kaian 10:30am Zendo
Mar 29 Sat. SPRING WORKFEST 8:30 am – 4 pm All Sangha members, families, and friends are invited to come for a day of fun and work in the spirit of traditional "barn-raising" effort and together action. Snacks and delicious lunch provided.
Mar 31 Mon. CLOSED
April 2 - 5 BUDDHA'S BIRTHDAY SESSHIN A silent retreat to commemorate the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha. Sesshin, literally "to touch the Mind" is a period of time set aside for an intensive meditation retreat to let go of the conditioned self in order to resume our original nature. Begins Wednesday, 7:30 pm, and ends Saturday, 3:30 pm. 10 periods of zazen daily, 2 hours work practice, 3 oryoki meals, dharma talks, and interviews with Kwong-roshi.
Non-Members: $60 per day/overnight General M: $50 Practicing M: $40
April 6 Sun. BUDDHA'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION 1 - 4 pm All Sangha, friends, and family are invited to come and join us. Ceremony: 1 - 1:45 pm. Outdoor reception: 2 - 4 pm. Bring prepared food ready to serve and flowers for offering.
Apr. 7-8 CLOSED
Apr. 11-13 HOSTING ORDER OF INTERBEING Closed to public
April 19 Sat. SANGHA POTLUCK 10:30am-1:30pm Members as well as the public are invited to come to the Zen Center for a day of sharing Dharma and food together as a Sangha. Please bring your favorite dish to share. There will be a short period of zazen followed by an opportunity for new members, and anyone wishing to renew their vows, to offer incense in the Zendo. Come and hear the latest news of the Zen Center and the results of the Council Processes.
April 26 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Julie Kashin 10:30am Zendo Julie will talk about the upcoming Sewing Sesshin.
Dates TBA SEWING SESSHIN Learn the traditional way of sewing Buddha’s robe in the lineage of Eishun Yoshida-roshi, Tomoe Katagiri-sensei’s teacher. In 1994, Katagiri-sensei led a sewing sesshin, transmitting the lineage of sewing to SMZC. We will learn to hand-sew panels of cloth together stitch by stitch to create the Buddhist Okesa in support of those who will be ordained in October 2014. Rev. Yusho Sasaki, a student of Rev. Shundo Aoyama-roshi, and Rev. Shohaku Yoshimatsu from Zuioji training monastery in Japan will be giving instructions and guiding us throughout this retreat.
Days will begin and end with 2 periods of silent meditation. Two periods of sewing will be scheduled between morning and evening meals. Everyone is welcome and no sewing experience is necessary.
Materials and sewing instructions will be provided along with overnight lodging and meals. $60 per day
May 10 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Jakusho Kwong-roshi 10:30am Zendo
May 17 Sat. ENTERING THE GATE ONE DAY SITTING 4:45am-5pm
An opportunity for beginners as well as experienced sitters to plunge into the heart of Zen practice. 8 periods of meditation, bowing, formal meals, chanting and work practice. Includes Friday 6 pm dinner and overnight stay.
Non-Members: $60 General M: $50 Practicing M: $40
May. 18-27 HOSTING SHAMBHALA WEEKTHUN Closed to public
Contact Shambhala for more info and registration.
May 31 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Shinko Kwong 10:30am Zendo
June 5-8 "NO BEGINNING, NO END" SESSHIN Sesshin, literally “to touch the Mind,” is a period of time set aside for an intensive meditation retreat to let go of the conditioned self and resume our original nature. This Sesshin is a 3 day practice period that will allow us to dive into the core of Zen training. A silent meditation intensive for experienced sitters to still the mind from moment to moment manifesting the realization of the Way. It includes a rigorous schedule that begins at 4:45 a.m. with prostrations and includes 10 periods of meditation, chanting, mindful work, Dharma talks, private interviews. and end at 9 pm. Retreat begins Thursday at 7:30 p.m., and ends Sunday, June 8, at 5 p.m. Special arrangements can be made for those unable to come for the entire retreat due to work commitments.
Non-members $60/day General $50/day Practicing $40/day
June 9-10 CLOSED
June 14 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY DHARMA TALK Nyoze Kwong 10:30am Zendo
June 21 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Marian O’Neill 10:30am Zendo
June 21 Sat. INTRODUCTION TO ZEN WORKSHOP 9-3pm. An introduction to Zen teachings, Zendo form, rituals, instruction on zazen, and also main concepts as basic foundation for Zen practice. For beginners and intermediate people who would like to gain more insight into the philosophy of Zen and how to actualize those principles in everyday life. Includes vegetarian lunch. $50. Instructor: TBA
June 28 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Chuck Ramey 10:30am Zendo
July 4 Fri. CLOSED FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY
July 5 Sat. SATURDAY COMMUNITY STUDENT TALK Joseph Mumon 10:30am Zendo