Dear Sangha Friend,
 
As we enter the final month of this Ango training period, we hope you'll be able to join us for a weekend retreat, morning or evening zazen, or a Sunday morning program.
 
Butoh: The Crucible of Body and Mind
The following weekend, May 12-14, the Monastery welcomes acclaimed Butoh interpreter and innovator Vangeline who will lead an immersive full day workshop. Butoh is a Japanese modern dance form that explores the shadow side of our being with curiosity, playfulness, and fearlessness. Vangeline's workshops—such as the one held last year at the Zen Center of NYC—are often considered life-changing experiences. Visit the retreat listing on our website to learn more and to find links to Vangeline's theatrical performances.
 
Looking Ahead
Coming up in June, psychologist and psychoanalyst Mark Finn returns to the Monastery to lead a retreat entitled Dreaming to Wake Up: Engaging Your Unconscious in the Spirit of Inquiry. Dreams can reveal a great deal about how we grasp, how we let go, and how we can be guided in our practice by what we encounter within them. Along with an investigation of dreams in both small and large groups, the retreat will also review Buddhist and classic psychoanalytic theories of the unconscious and their relevance to spiritual practice. Also in June, Zuisei Goddard will once again offer her popular retreat called Moving into Stillness: Running as Meditation.
 
In Other News 
If you're planning to attend the People's Climate March in Washington, D.C. on April 29, it's not too late to arrange for a bus ticket and travel down together wih fellow sangha members from NYC. Contact Jim Sanzen Cole to find out more. He can be reached via jimbocole@aol.com. You can also call or text him during the march if you're looking for our group. His number is 646-320-3701. And if you're not going to Washing but would still like to march, check out the People's Climate March website and a sister march near you.
 
Buddha's Birthday
At this time each year, Buddhists the world over celebrate the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha. We use this occassion to appreciate our original teacher, to recognize the qualities of wakefulness and interdependence in each of us, and to expose our younger generation to the Buddha's life and teachings. On Sunday, May 7, we'll begin at 9am with a liturgy service and welcome the youngest members of our sangha to make an offering in the zendo. At lunch time we'll enjoy a theatrical puppet show designed and performed by the Zen Kids and Zen Teens groups based on the classic Jataka tale, "Princess Five Weapons." We hope you can join us for this festive occassion.
 
In Memoriam
Long-time MRO student Sally Jinga Drummond passed away on the morning of April 9 at the age of 92. Her funeral service will take place at the Monastery on Sunday, May 7 at 2pm. To learn more, click here.
 
 
Important Dates for May
5/5-5/7  Introduction to Zen Training Weekend with Shugen Sensei 
5/7  Buddha's Birthday Celebration and the Zen Kids/Zen Teens Program, 9am-noon
5/11  
Fusatsu (Renewal of Vows ceremony) with Shugen Sensei, 7:30pm 
5/12 - 5/14  Butoh: the Crucible of Body and Mind with Vangeline 
5/17 - Ango Art presentations
5/18 - 5/21  Basic Space Meditation Intensive
5/22 - 5/28  Shusso Hossen Sesshin with Shugen Sensei
5/28  Shuso Hossen Ceremony, 9am-noon
 
Please don't let financial issues prevent you from attending a program at the Monastery.
If you can't afford the program fee, there are options.
 
 
Sunday Morning Program
The Sunday Program is open to the public and offered every week of the year. If it's your first visit, you'll receive beginning instruction in zazen (Zen meditation) and an orientation to the Monastery.
9am-noon: Liturgy, zazen, and dharma talk
Noon-1pm: Lunch & clean-up
Please arrive by 8:45am and plan to stay for the whole morning. $5 suggested donation.
 
Wednesday Evening Zazen
Beginning instruction in zazen offered weekly except during sesshin; please check our calendar or call first to confirm. 
March-December: 7:30-9pm
January-February: 6:30-8pm

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