Dear Sangha,
 
Hojin Sensei will be at the Temple this week, arriving on Thursday to offer daisan, lead the Buddha's Enlightenment Vigil this weekend, and give Sunday's talk. Kien will be here as staff person. Please see below for more information about upcoming programs.
 
Buddha's Enlightenment Vigil: Friday, December 7th, starting at 6:30pm with a potluck supper, followed by the Vigil, 8:30pm through Saturday at 7am, and ending with a light breakfast at 9am
 
This weekend, Hojin Sensei will lead the Temple's annual silent, all-night period of deep sitting commemorating the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha.
 
After he left the home in which he was raised, Shakyamuni Buddha studied with spiritual teachers across northern India in an effort to resolve his questions about life and death. But even after six years of ascetic practices, he remained unsatisfied. One evening, he remembered the simple joy he had experienced sitting at the foot of a tree as a child. He sat down at the base of a bo tree, took the zazen posture, and resolved not to rise until he had settled his questions. That morning, upon seeing the morning start, he realized annuttarasamyak-sambodhi, supreme perfect enlightenment.
 
At the Temple, we celebrate the Buddha's enlightenment with a Vigil dedicated to the simple yet profound practice of zazen, which Dogen Zenji called "the dharma gate of ease and joy." On Friday after a potluck supper at 6:30pm, we'll begin the Vigil at 8:30pm with introductory remarks and a renewal of our bodhisattva vows. Then we'll mark the Buddha's enlightenment by sitting together through the night into the next morning. In the spirit of hermitage practice, participants will be invited to sit or rest at their own pace. Green tea will be offered by Hobai and Hokyu during the night. The Vigil can be joined until 11pm, when the doors will be locked until reopening the next morning at 5am. We will end with morning service at 7am, and then join together for a light breakfast when the silence will be lifted.
 
If you will be staying overnight, please contact the Temple in advance, so that we may prepare a place for you to sleep. It would also be nice to hear from you if you are planning to come to the potluck; we'd be happy to make suggestions for what to bring.  Please call 718-875-8229 or email zcnyc@mro.org.
 
Hope you can join us for this beautiful evening of silent sitting with Dharma companions to celebrate the Buddha's awakening.
 
Gassho,
Temple Training Staff
 
 

Buddha's Enlightenment Vigil at Fire Lotus Temple

 

For program information and registration, please see ZCNYC Retreats on the ZCNYC website 

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

December
 
7-8 Buddha's Enlightenment Vigil, with Hojin Sensei, Friday, 6:30pm-Saturday, 9am
The Temple's annual all-night period of deep sitting commemorating the enlightenment of Shakyamuni Buddha. After a pot-luck dinner on Friday evening, informal zazen extends through the night, followed by a service and breakfast on Saturday morning.
 
An evening seminar examining the Buddha's teaching on the Four Noble Truths, starting with dukkha, the fundamental nature of our deep dissatisfaction, and working toward a correct understanding of non-attachment, emptiness of the self, and the Eightfold Path as the journey to awakening. There will be plenty of time for questions, and refreshments will be served.
 
22 Zazenkai, with Shugen Roshi, 8am-6pm
A full-day silent zazen intensive. Participants will have an opportunity for dokusan with Shugen Roshi.
 
This 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. We use the skills learned in our Zen practice to work with the feelings that arise, and engage in readings and deep listening, supporting each other in this process..
 
January
Healing the Wounds of Racism, with Valerie Brown and Marisela Gomez, 10am-4pm
Those who identify as people of color are invited to attend this day-long retreat on healing from the internalized racism that debilitates and keeps us from showing up fully and beautifully. The day will offer mindfulness practices, quiet reflection, small and large group dialogue, and deep relaxation.
 
9 LGBTQ Mondo, with Zuisei Sensei, 7-8pm
A question-and-answer session, open to those who identify as LGBTQ.
 
11 Precepts Mondo, with Hogen Sensei, 7-8pm
The moral and ethical teachings of the Buddha touch every area of our lives. The extent to which these principles permeate our relationships and actions is enhanced by our understanding of them. This new series of monthly question-and-answer mondos features MRO teachers facilitating open discussion about the Ten Grave Precepts as they relate to lay practice.
 
12 Zazenkai, with Hogen Sensei, 8am-6pm
A full-day silent zazen intensive. Participants will have an opportunity for dokusan with Sensei.
 
19 Ink, Brush, Paper: An Introduction to Kanji, with William Kando Johnston, 10am-4pm
A workshop on brush calligraphy of Chinese characters, called kanji in Japanese, commonly encountered in Zen practice. In the afternoon, participants are invited to join the concurrent tea ceremony program.
 
19 Chado: The Way of Tea, with Andrew Hobai Pekarik, 10am-4pm
An introduction to Japanese tea ceremony, including demonstrations, participation, tea drinking, and discussion. In the afternoon, participants are invited to join the concurrent calligraphy program.
26 Half-Day Sit, 8am-12noon
A full morning of extended sitting. Lunch will be served following the sit.
 
 

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

 
 
Wednesday-Saturday 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-Saturday 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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