Dear Sangha,
 
Hojin Sensei arrived at the Temple last week and will stay through Sunday, offering daisan during the week. Senior lay student Yunen Patrick Kelly will give the talk on Sunday. Gokan will be here as senior staff person, and will offer a Zen Essentials Seminar on Thursday evening. Please see below for more information about upcoming programs.
 
Zen Essentials - Attachments and the Path to Liberation: On Thursday, December 13th, 7-8:30pm senior monastic Bear Gokan Bonebakker will lead a seminar exploring the Four Noble Truths, the Buddha's first teaching following his own enlightenment. These describe the cycle of human-created suffering, its basis in our attachment to desires, and how to find true freedom through a spiritual path that embraces all aspects of our daily lives. The Four Noble Truths are among the most important principles in Buddhism, and yet their basic teachings can be easily misunderstood.
 
We will begin with the teaching of dukkha--the fundamental nature of our deep dissatisfaction. We will explore the realm of our desires and attachments, and work towards a correct understanding of non-attachment, which does not lead to a lack of concern or caring, but rather to unhindered compassion and love. We will also clarify what is meant by the emptiness of the self as realized through Buddhist practice and the Eightfold Path as the journey to awakening. This seminar will help demonstrate how these important teachings can help guide and inspire our practice of the Way and have a powerful effect on our relationships, work, and service to others.
 
There will be plenty of time for questions, and refreshments will be served.
 
The Essentials of Zen seminars offer an opportunity to work informally with MRO seniors and teachers. They are particularly geared toward those newer to practice, but are open to all practitioners.
 
Dana Dinner at the Monastery - The Perfection of Giving: This year's Community Holiday Dinner will be held at Zen Mountain Monastery on the weekend of December 14th-16th. To participate in this festive and joyous event, or for more information, visit the Dana Dinner webpage or call the Monastery at 845-688-2228.
 
Can you offer a ride to the Monastery? If you need a ride or can offer a ride to Zen Mountain Monastery, see the RideShare Program on the Monastery's website. Rides from the city to the Monastery are often requested, so if you are driving and can take a passenger, please sign up. Thank you!
 
Gassho,
Temple Training Staff
 
 

Fire Lotus Temple residents: Stephanos, Bingwan, Vadim, Magda, Yama. Photo by Dan Liu

 

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
13 Zen Essentials - Attachments and the Path to Liberation, with Gokan, 7-8:30pm
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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