Dear Sangha,
 
Hogen Sensei arrived at the Temple last week and will stay through Sunday, this week offering  daisan and Sunday's talk. Hokyu will be here as staff person. This week there will be two concurrent Zen arts retreats on Saturday: Chado: the Way of Tea, led by Andrew Hobai Pekarik, and Ink, Brush, Paper: an Introduction to Kanji, led by William Kando Johnston. Please see below for more information about upcoming programs.
 
Ink, Brush, Paper: an Introduction to Kanji: On Saturday, January 19th, 10am-4pm, William Kando Johnston will lead an introductory workshop on creative expression through brush calligraphy of Chinese characters, called kanji in Japanese. Participants will examine brushwork, structure, and evolution of kanji encountered in Zen practice, and will learn to write kanji in common styles of calligraphy. 
 
Chado: the Way of Tea: Also on Saturday, January 19th, 10am-4pm, Andrew Hobai Pekarik will offer a workshop on tea ceremony, including demonstrations, participation, tea drinking, and discussion. This program is for anyone interested in the Zen arts, Japanese culture, concentration of mind, or the taste of tea. Both beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome.
 
The calligraphy and tea ceremony retreats will be held concurrently. In the afternoon, tea ceremony participants will be invited to join the calligraphy workshop, and calligraphy participants my join the tea ceremony program.
 
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 of 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
 
 

Tea ceremony with Andrew Hobai Pekarik and Anne Rubin

 

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

January
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.
 
An evening seminar exploring common challenges encountered by Zen students, and how meeting challenges with wisdom, honesty, skillfulness, and compassion can help us move deeper into our practice.
 
26 Half-Day Sit, 8am-12noon
A full morning of extended sitting. Lunch will be served following the sit.
 
February
7 Precepts Mondo, with Shugen Roshi, 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.
 
9 Zazenkai, with Shugen Roshi, 8am-6pm
A full-day silent zazen intensive. Participants will have an opportunity for dokusan with Roshi.
 
An evening seminar exploring some of the practical issues arising from practicing at home. such as time and schedules, setting priorities, the importance of being both consistent and flexible, and the practice of relationships with family, friends, and others.
 
A full-day workshop on classical Qigong practices for creating a total circulation of energy in Body/Mind, a youthful vigor, and a pure heart. These practices can be done by people of all levels of health and experience.
 
23 Half-Day Sit, 8am-12noon
A full morning of extended sitting. Lunch will be served following the sit.
 
A two-hour interactive workshop in which theatrical problem solving merges with transformative action in interactive plays inspired by real-life struggles. Find out more from the Theatre of the Oppressed NYC (TONYC) website.
 

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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