Dear Sangha,
 
Hogen Sensei will be at the Temple this week, arriving on Wednesday to offer daisan, lead the Buddhist study session on Wednesday evening and the Zazenkai on Saturday, and offer Sunday's talk. (Please note that there will not be regularly scheduled morning or evening zazen on Saturday.) Zuiko will be here this week as staff person. Also this week, the What is Whiteness? Anti-Oppression Group will meet on Sunday afternoon. Please see below for more information about upcoming programs.
 
Academic Study II: Before Buddha Was Buddha - Learning from the Jataka Tales: On Wednesday, October 31st, 7-8:30pm, Hogen Sensei will lead the second of two Buddhist study session for Fall Ango, exploring the Jataka tales, ancient stories recounting the many past lives and ongoing spiritual work of Shakyamuni Buddha on his way to his final birth as Siddhartha Gautama. Using these tales as drawn from Rafe Martin's book, Before Buddha Was Buddha, we will examine how the Buddha turned his fear, anxiety, and insecurities towards his vow to awaken and offer his realization for the sake of all beings, and how we may do the same. The study session will be preceded by an optional period of evening zazen at 6:30pm.
 
Zazenkai: On Saturday, November 3rd, Hogen Sensei will lead a Zazenkai from 8am-6pm. This full day of extended sitting includes oryoki lunch, a talk, and daisan with Sensei.
 
What is Whiteness? Anti-Oppression Group: On Sunday, November 4th, the What is Whiteness? Group will meet from 1-2:30pm. At this meeting, we will discuss creating a model for giving each other more direct feedback on an opt-in basis, as well as what group members feel is working well for them and anything they would like to see change. The purpose of the group is for those who identify as white to take responsibility for racism by looking deeply at our own conditioned biases and assumptions, but the meetings are open to everyone.
 
Schedule for Next Weekend: Please note that the Temple will be closed next Saturday, November 10th, so that residents may have the opportunity to attend the Sangha Treasure meeting at Zen Mountain Monastery. There will be no morning or evening zazen on Saturday, November 10th. The Temple will reopen at 8am on Sunday, November 11th, for the regular Sunday morning program.
 
Calling All Temple Bodhisattvas: We are between office managers right now, which means if you have any time to offer your work to the Temple we would really appreciate it. You can let us know you're coming beforehand by calling or emailing, or if you find yourself in the neighborhood with an hour or two to spare, we'd love to have you drop by. Temple work hours are Tuesday through Friday, 2-5pm, and Wednesday through Friday, 9am-noon. There's always cooking and food prep as well as cleaning projects that need to happen. Doing work practice at the Temple is a great way to get to know the teachers, training staff, and residents, and a great way to make the Temple your own. We hope to see you!
 
Gassho,
Temple Training Staff
 
 

 

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Have a question? Contact us at (718) 875-8229 or zcnyc@mro.org

U p c o m i n g   E v e n t s

October
The second of two Ango Buddhist study session, on the Jataka Tales.
 
November
3 Zazenkai, with Hogen Sensei, 8am-6pm
A full-day silent zazen intensive. Participants will have an opportunity for daisan with Hogen Sensei.
 
4 What is Whiteness? Anti-Oppression Group, 1-2:30pm
At this meeting, we will discuss creating a model for giving each other more direct feedback on an opt-in basis, as well as what group members feel is working well for them and anything they would like to see change. The purpose of the group is an opportunity for those who identify as white to take responsibility for racism by looking deeply at our own conditioned biases and assumptions, but the meetings are open to everyone.
 
8 Fusatsu, with Hojin Sensei, 6:30-8pm
Fusatsu, or "Renewal of Vows," is a ceremony based on the teachings of the Buddhist Precepts. It includes liturgy and a talk by the officiant, each focusing on the moral teachings of the Buddha.
 
9 Ango Art Practice Presentations, with Hojin Sensei, 6:30-8:30pm
Everyone is invited to this session in which Ango participants will share their creative expression drawing on  readings of Buddha ancestors.
 
17 Half-Day Sit, 8am-noon
A full morning of extended sitting. Lunch will be served following the sit.
 
17 Zen Kids, 2-4:30pm
The Zen Kids program will meet on Saturday afternoon.
 
December
13 Zen Essentials, with Gokan, 6-8pm
An evening seminar examining essential topics in Zen practice. More information to come.

Z a z e n   S c h e d u l e   f o r   t h i s   W e e k

 
Please note: there will not be morning or evening zazen on Saturday
 
Wednesday-Friday Morning

6:30 - 6:55 am -- Morning Zazen (Please be seated in the zendo no later than 6:25.)

6:55 - 7:05 -- Kinhin - Walking Meditation

7:05 - 7:30 -- Zazen

7:30 - 7:50 -- Morning Service
 

Tuesday-Friday Evening

6:30 - 7:05 pm -- Evening Zazen (Please be seated in the zendo no later than 6:25.)

7:05 - 7:15 -- Kinhin - Walking Meditation

7:15 - 8:00 -- Zazen & Four Vows
 

Sunday Morning Program

8:30 am -- Caretaking Practice 

You are invited to come early and help prepare the Temple for Sunday services. 

9:30 am - 12:30 pm -- Liturgy, zazen & dharma talk followed by refreshments with the sangha.

(Beginning instruction in zazen is offered to those who are new to the Temple.)

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